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Updated: 
January 30, 2018

Once I have permanent residency, when can I apply for my citizenship?

If you qualified for VAWA through marriage to an abusive U.S. citizen or due to being the child of an abusive U.S. citizen parent, you can apply for citizenship (naturalization) after having your legal permanent residency for three years. If you qualified for VAWA through marriage to an abusive legal permanent resident or due to being the child of an abusive legal permanent resident parent, you can apply for citizenship (naturalization) after having your legal permanent residency for five years.1

1 See USCIS website & USCIS Interoffice memorandum, 1/27/05