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Answered 2006-08-14 13:53:48

If a person enters the US and marries a US citizen, that person immediately becomes a US legal permanent resident (LPR). In addition, they are allowed to apply for citizenship two years before the typical allowed date (normally LPRs are allowed to apply five years less 90 days after they become an LPR, but LPRs by way of marriage may apply three years less 90 days after that point). All other rules still apply for application for citizenship. * Marriage to a US citizen does not automatically confer permanent resident status nor assure citizenship to a foreign national regardless of the circumstances. Stricter Immigration enforcement makes it difficult for foreign nationals to amend their visa status. Consult the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, http://www.uscis.gov and/or United States Immigration Support, http://www.usimmigrationsupport.org for information specific to the individual's circumstanes

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