How could my spouse become a
U.S. citizen after our marriage?
A foreign immigrant who
marries a U.S. citizen must apply for U.S. permanent residence, or
Green Card. This is a long process involving many forms and documents.
After obtaining a Green Card, the alien spouse can apply for U.S.
citizenship after three years as a permanent resident, if you are still
married and living together when the immigrant spouse. If not, the
waiting period of U.S. citizenship changes to five years.
The alien spouse can also be refused entry of U.S. if she is found
inadmissible, perhaps because of a medical problem, criminal history,
past immigration violations, or the USCIS belief that your marriage is
a fraud to get a Green Card. Marriage to a U.S. citizen does not
guarantee a green card or U.S. citizenship. Applications for U.S. green
cards through marriage are scrutinized carefully, because the US
government takes fraudulent marriage very seriously.