If I have had my green card for 7 years, how long do I have to wait to get citizenship?

I have lived 2 times in Colombia with a re-entry permit. If i have to wait more than 3 years, can I renew my green card?

Asked on August 12, 2014 under Immigration Law, New York


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Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

To qualify for naturalization you have to have been a permanent resident for at least 5 years and out of that time you have to have been in the US (physically present) for at least 1/2 of that time, cumulatively.  The way you look at it is, let's say, from this date going back 5 years.  Have you been in the US for at least 2.5 years?

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