If I’m a 17 year old female student who came to the U.S. 3 1/2 years ago, am I able to apply for citizenship now, apply when I’m 18, or wait until I’ve been here for 5 years?

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If I’m a 17 year old female student who came to the U.S. 3 1/2 years ago, am I able to apply for citizenship now, apply when I’m 18, or wait until I’ve been here for 5 years?

Neither of my parents have citizenship here and neither do I. We all have green cards though and I have attended middle school and am now in my third year of high school.

Asked on January 22, 2016 under Immigration Law, Massachusetts

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Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

No, you are not eligible for citizenship just because you have been in the US for a while.  You have to be a permanent resident for 5 years of which at least 2.5 have to be spent physically present in the US in order to qualify for naturalization.  What is your current immigration status in the US?


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