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 time
- Have a clean criminal record, or obtain a specific waiver from an immigration judge
- Attend proper citizenship classes
An Indian cannot become a US citizen by marrying a US citizen. Not only Indians, but any other person from another country cannot become a US citizen just by marrying a US citizen. A US citizen can sponsor a Indian on an appropriate visa ( like K-1 visa) after which he/she can adjust their status to that of a permanent resident. After being a PR for 3 yrs, the Indian can then apply for US…
If an American citizen marries a Brazilian citizen in Brazil does that person become a Brazilian citizen?
No, not unless you start the paperwork in Brazil. You would have to give up your US citizenship to become a citizen of Brazil. Your new spouse doesn't become a US citizen either through marriage and they would have to apply for citizenship here too. Only being born in the US makes a person an automatic citizen.
If an American citizen marries a filipino citizen in the Philippines would it make him a filipino citizen also?
If someone has been married and gets divorced but she only has a green card and her ex-husband is a US citizencould she become a US citizen for al the years they were married or does she has to apply?
No, you do not. Marrying a US citizen never automatically makes you a citizen- however, it does speed up the process if you are trying to naturalize. Normally, a legal resident has to wait 5 years before they can apply for US citizenship; if a legal resident marries a US citizen, this is shortened to 3 years.
Sometimes. A US citizen can marry anybody he/she likes. If a US citizen marries a UK citizen, that alone will not entitle him/her to UK citizenship. The US Citizen will stand to lose the US citizenship if he/she applies to get naturalized as a US citizen. UK citizenship can be acquired sometimes by descent.
If a US citizen marries a visiting UK citizen in the US would the UK citizen become a US citizen and what would he have to do to become one?
No, the UK citizen would not become a US citizen. First the UK citizen would have to apply through INS for a work permit and perminent residency. The work permit will be issued within month (probably), but perminent residency could take 18 months or more; during which time the applicant would be expected to remain and work in the US (short overseas visits sometimes permitted). Once perminent residency has been established a 'green card' will…