My answer to How hard is it to become a US Citizen?
Answer by Raad Ahmed:
Becoming a US citizen is certainly a process, but that doesn’t mean it’s unattainable. There are several moving parts that will influence the best strategy for each individual to obtain citizenship. Let’s break down the core ways that you can become a US citizen.
- Green Card
If you select the Green Card option, then there are basic requirement you must meet. You have to be at least 18 years old and had your Green Card for at least 5 years.
- Marry a U.S. Citizen
To qualify under this arrangement, your spouse must have lived in the U.S. for at least 3 years and you must be a Green Card holder for at least 3 years. Additionally, you have to indicate that you have been living as a marital during this time.
- Spouse of U.S. Citizen Employed Abroad
If your spouse lives and works in the U.S., but you are employed abroad, you may be able to gain citizenship. There is not minimum time requirement you must meet as a Green Card holder, but you have to prove that you will immediately depart from your abroad location once naturalization occurs.
- Join the Military
Current military members or certain veterans may be eligible for citizenship due to their service to the country. There is a residency requirement for at least 30 months out of 5 years unless you were stationed abroad due to your military service.
- Automatic Citizenship Through Birth
The requirement are that both parents were U.S. citizens at the time of your birth and your parents were married at the time of birth, and at least one parent lived in the U.S., or its territories, or both, prior to your birth. If you were born after November 14, 1986, one parent must be a U.S. citizen at the time of birth and your parents were married at the time of birth
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