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Dear Sir:


My husband was a green card holder and became a US citizen in 2000.  I am still a green card holder. From 2004 till 2006 we lived abroad (I returned every 10 months to keep my green card valid). In the year 2006 we returned to the US and lived the last 3 years in the US and I left only once (3 weeks).

When can I apply for the US citizenship?  Is my waiting period 3 years because I am the wife of an American citizen or 5 years?

TIA"  

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Hi,

Your waiting period is 3 years based on marriage to a U.S. citizen. Thus, your naturalization application can be filed now since  i) the couple has been married for 3 years; ii) the spouse was a citizen during that entire period; and iii) the couple is living in marital unity.

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Ajay K. Arora, Esq.
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I can answer your questions on employment and family-based U.S. Immigration Law. Expertise in various immigration categories includes the following: H-1B, L-1, O-1, PERM (labor certification), EB-1 to EB-3 I-140 employment-based immigrant petitions, family or fiance(e) or spousal sponsorship, visa extension or change of status, adjustment of status, naturalization (citizenship), etc.

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Ajay K. Arora attended Pennsylvania State University and the University of Wales at Swansea (United Kingdom), and earned his law degree at Temple University School of Law, Philadelphia, in 1993. Mr. Arora has practiced Immigration Law since graduation and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association since 1995.

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American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) full member since 1995.

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Ajay K. Arora attended Pennsylvania State University and the University of Wales at Swansea (United Kingdom), and earned his law degree at Temple University School of Law, Philadelphia, in 1993. Mr. Arora has practiced Immigration Law since graduation and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association since 1995.

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