Most applicants for naturalization must first reside in the U.S. as a lawful permanent resident for a continuous period of 5 years. However, that requirement can be waived if you are eligible for expeditious naturalization based on your U.S. citizen spouse’s employment abroad for one of the following types of employers:
- an American firm or corporation engaged in whole or in part in the development of foreign trade and commerce of the U.S., or a subsidiary thereof;
- the U.S. Government;
- certain American research institutions;
- certain public international organizations in which the U.S. participates; or
- a religious denomination or an interdenominational mission organization having a bona fide organization within the U.S.
Use our eligibility screening tool to find out if you may be eligible for expeditious naturalization. You will have to answer questions about:
- The terms of your spouse’s employment abroad, which may be found in an employment contract or assignment letter.
- The ownership of the company employing your spouse, if you are applying for expeditious naturalization on the basis of your spouse’s employment for an American firm or corporation.
Note: This eligibility screening tool checks your eligibility for expeditious naturalization. Also, take a look at the Expeditious Naturalization Guide. Separately, check whether you meet the general requirements applicable to all naturalization applicants by reading our Guide to Naturalization in the United States.