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Marrying a U.S. citizen DOES NOT confer automatic citizenship or permanent resident status to the non-citizen spouse. The non-citizen spouse will have to apply following the standard Immigration procedures as prescribed by law. Marriage to a US Citizen does not automatically qualify an alien for citizenship. Contact a reputible Immigration attorney for guidence on pursuing citizenship.

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Q: How long does a permanent resident alien have to be married to a US citizen to get citizenship?
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How Can a legal permanent resident be awarded citizenship if married to an American citizen?

yes. it can, but not always is.

If someone is married to a US citizen can he remain in the US regardless of his own Visa status?

The person needs to have permanent resident status. Marrying a US citizen does not automatically give you citizenship or different visa status. The requirements are having been a legal permanent resident for five years. Or being a legal permanent resident and married to a US citizen for three years. The person can then apply for US citizenship.

If you are married to a US citizen and you are a permanent resident do you still have to take the citizenship test?

Yes, marriage by a foreign national to a US citizen does not automatically confer US citizenship upon that person.

Can a permanent resident become a citizen if they marry a us citizen?

No, it doesn't make them a citizen if they marry one. I am a German citizen with a permanent resident green card and married a solider. It didn't make me a US citizen like most people would think. A person in this situation still has to wait for 5 years in Permanent Resident status and then apply for citizenship.

What is the process of renewing an expired alien resident card if you are a permanent resident married to a US citizen?

Answer: If you have been married for 3 yrs or more than you can choose to renew your permanent resident card or file for citizenship. If you choose to renew your card, its the same process as any other permanent resident would have to go through.

If you are a permanent resident and have been married to an American citizen since 1998 are you considered an American citizen?

No, You can only become a citizen if you apply for you citizenship through immigration. Being a legal resident and married to an American citizen can and will not change your immigrant statics unless you go through the right process.

How long does it take to get a citizenhip if you are married to a us citizen?

The person who marries the US citizen should first become a permanent resident before moving on to file citizenship application. They must have maintained the status of a permanent resident for at least 3 yrs. So only after this time can they apply for their citizenship. It is not easy to get US citizenship. The only advantage of applying for citizenship after marrying a US citizen is that the continuous residence criteria gets reduced to 3yrs.

Does the spouse of a permanent US citizen retain permanent citizenship after the spouse dies?

No, he is no longer married to a citizen so no longer has citizen status; unless he has applied for and completed the citizenship process to become a citizen in his own right.

When a permanent resident with a valid green card marries a U.S. citizen what is the process for them to become a citizen?

A permanent resident will be able to apply for citizenship after 5 years of living in the US. Getting married usually helps with citizenship for people that do not have permanent resident status. After getting married there still is a wait period of about 5 years. In the case of the a permanent resident there is not much that will change. If one has a driver's license, SSN, etc. The only difference will be applying for the actual citizenship at the end of the wait period. For more information on applying for citizenship see the INS website - Not 5 years. After you get a green card you have to continue living in the U.S for at least 7 years, after that you can aply for a American citizenship. ANSWER: Actually, what really helps you to be married to a US Citizen is that instead of th 5 years of continuous residency in USA that the law request after becoming a Permanent Resident, is reduced to 3 of marriage with the same US Citizen, which is more helpful for people that entered USA with a Visa, marriege to a US Citizen and after those 3 years, he can become a US Citizen and that's the Law.

If you and your fiance have a child together and he is a permanent resident would getting married make him a citizen?

Not automatically. After being married to a US citizen for two years the legal foreign national spouse can apply for citizenship. Visit the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service website for specific information.

Does an immigrant who married an American citizen retain permanent citizenship after the American spouse dies?

Yes they retain citizenship.

How long do you have to live in the us to apply for citizenship?

You need to be a permanent resident card (green card) holder to be eligible to apply for citizenship. In normal circumstances, an immigrant should be a permanent resident for five years to be eligible for citizenship. If you are married to a US citizen, then it is three years of permanent residency.It is that you have to be in marriage to a U.S citizen and should be living with that U.S citizen for the past 3 three years of your permanent residency for the criteria to be applicable to you. Current regulations do allow a person to start the application process ninety days before they fulfill their residency requirement.

How long to get citizenship if you get pregnant with a man who is a citizen?

Being pregnant by a US citizen won't get you a citizenship. If you are married to a US citizen and have filled for permanent resident and got your green card and after your first green card for 2 years you have to apply for your second green card, but for citizenship you can apply after 2 yrs and 9 months from first green card.

Does an illegal alien become a legal resident by marrying a US resident not citizen but US resident?

There is a lot of paperwork involved! Even if you married a US resident or even citizen that does not make you a us citizen. In fact, you could get into a lot of trouble if they deem that you purposely entered the US to get married to become a US citizen. Although it is possible. Your spouse would have to be a permanent resident or US citizen for you to become a permanent resident. The US prefers you marry (in our out of the US) then the permanent resident or citizen applies for your entry OR the US citizen of Permanent Resident applies before for you to enter the US and then you get married in the US and apply for Permanent residency. Great site I found as my husband immigrated from the UK on a Fiance visa. but what if you don't have a date of birth I also, and may be wrong, but if it is deemed that you married to create a citizenship or legal residency, that might be unlawful and you could get into trouble. Though, a lot of military marry women in foreign lands which brings them here. Which is a lot different then someone unlawfully doing so. The US doesn't exactly make it a point to extradite spouses.

You married a US citizen and wish to apply for citizenship Must you live in the US to apply for citizenship?

No, you will not be able to apply for citizenship while outside the U.S. Your husband will need to petition for a K-3 visa. Once in the U.S., you can apply for citizenship after being a permanent resident for at least 3 years.

What are the rules for a spouse getting US citizenship?

If you are married to a citizen, you are able to apply for permanent residence.

If you are a us citizen and you where married once and filled for permanent residency and now you get married again and want to ask for permanent recidency for your spouse can you?

If you are a US Citizen, legally divorced or widowed, you can request permanent residency for your spouse, regardless of how you gained your citizenship.

How does a legal resident alien of the US for over 20 years go about becoming an American citizen after being married to his born US citizen wife of 7 years?

You should have applied for Permanent Residency 7 years ago when you got married. I recommend you apply for Permanent Residency now and in 3 years you can apply for Citizenship.

US citizen marries a non-citizen do they become a US citizen?

No, marriage to US citizen does not automatically allow a non-citizen to become a permanent resident or citizen of the US.Marriage does entitle the non-citizen to apply for US permanent residency, provided they can show they will be living in the US. For example, if a US citizen married a German citizen, and they continue to live in Germany, the german citizen cannot apply for a US permanent resident visa. If, at some time later, the couple decide to move back to the US, the German citizen can at that time apply for a permanent residency visa. Such marriage-based permanent resident visas are almost always granted once the couple shows proper residency intent (and, shows that the marriage is not a sham or fraud one).Any non-citizen holding a US permanent residency visa can apply for US citizenship via the nationalization process. The key requirements of the citizenship process are:Be a permanent resident for at least 5 years (or 3 if married to a US citizen)Reside continuously (except for short-duration excursions) in the US for that period of timeHave a clean criminal record, or obtain a specific waiver from an immigration judgeAttend proper citizenship classes

If you've been a permanent resident with a green card since 1998 and just married a US citizen can you just change your last name when you file for citizenship or do you need to do it prior to that?

Yes you can change your name when applying for citizenship providing you have your marriage license.

What is a naturalize citizen of the US?

A permanent resident that has lived here legally for 5 years. 3 years if married to a US. Citizen.

When marrying a US citizen how long does it take to process your papers and become a resident?

If the marriage is found to be valid it takes a minimum of 6-18 months to obtain permanent residence status (green card). The parties must remain legally married and residing together for three years before the immigrant can apply for US citizenship. Persons who are in the US illegally are not eligible for permanent resident status and citizenship even if they marry a US citizen.

One can get immigration benefits if overstay man marry with permanent resident?

A resident cannot ask for someone trying to gain residency, married or not. If the permanent resident becomes a citizen, then yes, they can request residensy for their spouse.

How does a foreign national who has held permanent resident status for more than 5 years apply for citizenship after divorcing a US citizen spouse?

So what? Don't worry about the divorce. You were a resident for five years. And as long as you were legally married and stayed out of trouble you should be granted U.S. Citizenship. Visit the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services website for specific information.

How do you attain citizenship in US?

You are eligible to apply for US citizenship if you are a lawful permanent resident for a minimum of 5 years. If you are married to a US citizen the minimum period is 3 years. You need to be a resident of the area for a minimum of 3 months before applying.You need to be 18 years or above of age.You can use the Form N-400 to apply for US citizenship through naturalization process.

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