Being married to a U.S. citizen for three years

If you are a permanent resident of the United States (EB-1, EB-2, or EB-3) who has been married to a U.S. citizen for at least three years, you may be eligible to start the naturalization process and seek American citizenship.

While there are certain conditions that apply and it may seem simple, the process of naturalization, however, is not quite as simple. The help of a citizenship attorney can make all the difference. Trust the immigration experts at the Florida Immigration Law Counsel to guide you through the naturalization process. The permanent resident must be married and living with their U.S. citizen spouse for the entire three years. If the permanent resident and the U.S. citizen spouse are divorced, separated or do not live in the same household, he/she waives their right to pursue naturalization through this method. You must also be together throughout the entire naturalization process.

If the couple were both permanent residents when they got married, but one more recently becomes a U.S. citizen, the permanent resident must wait three years from the time that the spouse became a U.S. citizen to file for their own citizenship.

Other requirements for naturalization include:

  • Being considered an individual of good moral character;
  • Taking an oath of loyalty to the United States;
  • Having a demonstrated ability to speak, read and write in English
  • Showing knowledge of U.S. history and government via a written test

To apply for naturalization, the permanent resident must file a Form N-400 with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Your application should be accompanied by two photographs of yourself and any other pertinent documents. Then you must go to a USCIS office to be fingerprinted. You will then have to set an appointment to be interviewed and to take an English and civics test. Based on the interview and the tests, you will either be approved or denied citizenship.

The citizenship attorneys at FL-ILC can utilize their expertise to guide you in this most important process. They will help you determine if you are eligible for citizenship, walk you through the application process, prepare you for the interview and test and, most importantly, provide peace of mind. Contact them today at 1-800-666-4996.


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Attorney Saman Movassaghi, Esq.

Caring and compassionate, Saman Movassaghi Gonzalez is a Florida immigration attorney dedicated to producing the results her clients need. She has over 17 years of experience helping both corporate and individual clients with an emphasis in employment/investment cases and family adjustment cases.

As the Managing Attorney at Florida Immigration Law Counsel, Saman Movassaghi Gonzalez and her team are capable of representing and helping individuals looking to attain a Family VisaWork Visa, and Citizenship/Naturalization. Her experience successfully representing clients in front of the Department of Justice for cases involving Deportation/Removal Proceedings will lead to success in your case.

Her experience and expertise in immigration litigation has led to multiple Avvo awards and other accolades, including the Clients’ Choice for 2017 Immigration Attorney. Her clients also consistently post positive reviews on her Facebook page. Her experience has also allowed her to teach a new generation of lawyers as an adjunct professor of law at Nova Southeastern University, and she also regularly gives speeches on immigration matters.

Counselor Gonzalez is also experienced in helping corporate clients through the process of filing for Employment Visas, Labor Certifications, and Business and Investment Visas with the Department of Labor. She takes on the entire case from start to finish, simplifying the process for her clients and allowing them to focus on their business.

Fluent in English, Spanish, and Farsi – Saman Movassaghi Gonzalez is dedicated to making her clients feel comfortable and assured in making her their go-to immigration attorney in Florida. Her goal is to ensure that those who want to live the American dream have a professional fighting for them and making the process as painless as possible.

Saman’s passion for immigration law stems from her personal life as the daughter of immigrants. Her parents were recipients of the student F1 visa in 1971. Her father came into this country with the goal to improve his life and the life of his children. He earned a PhD in Civil Engineering and Business, instilling in his daughter a strong work ethic that she carries to this day. Saman saw firsthand what it means to be an immigrant and achieve the American Dream.

Saman Movassaghi Gonzalez can personally understand the struggle of immigrants and the children of immigrants navigating through the bureaucratic process of immigration law. Because of this, she dedicates herself fully and provides her personal attention to every case. She prides herself on developing a strong relationship with each and every client, and she is not afraid of pushing the envelope and looking for answers where other attorneys have failed.

Saman Movassaghi makes it her goal to provide you with only the best representation for immigration matters because she believes it’s time for you to live the American dream!