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How Long Does it Take to Get Citizenship in NY

How Long Does It Take to Get Citizenship in NY?

We can guide you on your road to naturalization

The journey from immigrant to citizen can take many years. However for many people, taking the oath of citizenship is the proudest moment of their lives and is more than worth the wait. Whether you have just arrived in the United States, recently have obtained your green card or have lived as a lawful permanent resident for many years and are ready to undertake the naturalization process, our team of NY attorneys at Bretz & Coven, LLP considers it a privilege to assist people as if you in gaining the full rights and privileges of U.S. citizenship.

Residency and physical presence requirements for citizenship

The process of obtaining citizenship through naturalization begins with adjusting your status to that of a lawful permanent resident (LPR). Once you have obtained your green card, you must continue to comply with immigration laws and maintain good moral character until you meet the following time requirements:

  • Residency — The amount of time since you have obtained your green card:
    • Most people must have been a lawful permanent resident for at least five years.
    • A spouse of a U.S. citizen must have been an LPR for at least three years.
    • Those who served in the military for at least one-year and were discharged within the last six months must be LPRs on the dates of their naturalization interviews.
    • Those who performed active military service during a period of conflict can apply for naturalization without first becoming LPRs.
  • Physical presence — The amount of time you have lived in the United States:
    • Most applicants must have spent at least 30 months living in the United States.
    • Spouses of citizens must have spent at least 18 months living in the United States.
    • There is no physical presence requirement for those who served at least a year in the military and discharged within the last six months.
    • There is no physical presence requirement for those who served active duty in the military during a period of conflict.
  • State residency — The time you lived in a particular state or jurisdiction:
    • Most applicants must have lived in their current state or jurisdiction for at least three months.
    • Applicants not subject to a physical presence requirement are also not subject to a state residency requirement.

Processing times for naturalization

The amount of time between when you apply for citizenship by naturalization and when you take the oath of citizenship varies depending on current volume and which U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services field office is processing your application. The processing time for the New York City field office is currently about nine months. This timeframe may increase or decrease in the future and may also vary depending on your individual circumstances and the complexity of your case.

Contact us for guidance on the road to citizenship

Our team at the NY law firm of Bretz & Coven, LLP can help you understand the citizenship process and avoid common errors and delays as we address any special concerns that may arise. Contact our experienced immigration lawyers in New York City today at 1 (212) 267-2555 or online for creative solutions to your complex immigration problems.  For an office appointment in Metro Park, New Jersey, call 1 (732) 313-0075.

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