If I got permanent resident through my mom, how do I apply for citizenship?

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If I got permanent resident through my mom, how do I apply for citizenship?

It has been 3 and 1/2 years since I got green card through mom. One lawyer told me that I can apply for citizenship right now and get citizenship in like 3/4 months. But, when I go online and search around they say I have to wait for 5 years. I can’t figure out what to do.Can anyone please tell me when can I apply and how long it will take to get citizenship for my case. I am 21 right now.

Asked on May 17, 2012 under Immigration Law, Utah

Answers:

Harun Kazmi / Kazmi and Sakata Attorneys at Law

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Hello. You must wait 5 years to file based on your information. It is 3 years if you got the green card through marriage to a US Citizen. You can file 90 days before your 5 years of Residency. Best of Luck.

SB, Member, California / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

You need to be a permanent resident for 5 years before you can apply for naturalization (citizenship).  You can actually apply within 90 days of the 5 year anniversary of the grant of permanent residence (green card) but not before.  Y ou also have to make sure you have satisfied the physical presence conditions for applying.


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