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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.


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.

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Q: When a permanent resident with a valid green card marries a U.S. citizen what is the process for them to become a citizen?
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When a permanent resident with a valid green card marries a girl who is on a student visa what is the process for her to become a legal U.S. resident?

From what i understand the U.S. legal resident would first have to become a naturalized citizen and then he could begin the petition of asking for his wife. I do not believe that a person w/ a green card, even if valid, can ask for an immigrant. Actually, a permanent resident can file a petition for his or her spouse, but from what INS told me, it takes 2-3 years at best to get the petition approved. However, if the permanent resident became a naturalized citizen first, it would only take 6 months or so to get the same paperwork approved. >>short answer>>> get you citizenship first, then petition for her,.. it's faster>>

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