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Citizenship and Marriage


I am a Permanent Resident. If I get married, do I become a U.S. Citizen?


No. If you are a permanent resident, having a green card, and you legally marry a U.S. Citizen, you only maintain your permanent residency. You do not become a U.S. Citizen. To become a U.S. citizen, you must still go through the naturalization process. However, unlike most permanent residents who have to live continuously in the United States before applying for citizenship, someone who is married to a U.S. citizen need only wait three years before applying for naturalization.