I got my green card through my employer 4 1/2 years ago. To apply for citizenship, I understand that I need to be able to show five years of continuous residence in the U.S. However, my friend told me that I actually can file 3 months before reaching the 5-year mark. Is that true?


In most circumstances, a naturalization application may be filed up to 3 months before the continuous residence requirements are met. This, of course, assumes one meets all of the other standard requirements to naturalize. See the MurthyDotCom InfoArticle, Basic Eligibility Requirements for Naturalization (05.Apr.2017) for an overview of the requirements. (20.Feb.2020)

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