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What are the requirements for a spouse to gain citizenship?

On Behalf of | Aug 5, 2022 | Citizenship |

When you want to become a U.S. citizen, you will have to meet certain criteria. The requirements may vary depending on your situation.

If you are married to a U.S. citizen, there are some very detailed things you will need to do or ensure you have done.

General rules

Some of the general rules will still apply in your situation. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services states you will need to be at least 18 years old when applying. You also need to prove you have good character, are a moral person and will uphold the oath you must take to become a citizen. You need to be fluent in English so that you can read, write and speak it.

You must meet time requirements as well. It is essential that you have been living in the U.S. for at least 18 months out of the last three years and within the state where you currently live for at least the past three months. Once you file your application, you have to remain in the country.

Specific rules

It is important that you understand the rules unique to your situation as the spouse of a U.S. citizen. Within the past three years, you and your spouse must have been married and living together. In addition, you must remain married throughout your application process.

Do not forget that in order to become a citizen, no matter your situation, you must first become a permanent resident and maintain that status for three years. Ensuring that you understand all the rules and requirements will make your naturalization process much easier.


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