Applying for U.S. Citizenship While Form I-751 is Pending

Applying for U.S. citizenship, also known as naturalization, is a significant milestone for immigrants with lawful permanent residence (green card holders). If your Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence, is pending, you can still proceed with the citizenship application process under certain conditions.

Understanding the Naturalization Process

  1. Eligibility Criteria: To qualify for naturalization, applicants must generally meet the following criteria:
    • Be at least 18 years old.
    • Have been a lawful permanent resident (green card holder) for at least 5 years (or 3 years if married to a U.S. citizen).
    • Meet continuous residence and physical presence requirements.
    • Be able to read, write, and speak basic English.
    • Demonstrate knowledge of U.S. civics and history.
  2. Form N-400 Application: Complete Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, and submit it to USCIS along with the required documents, including proof of lawful permanent resident status (green card), and evidence of continuous residence and physical presence in the U.S.
  3. Biometrics Appointment: After submitting Form N-400, applicants will be scheduled for a biometrics appointment to provide fingerprints, photos, and a signature.
  4. Naturalization Interview: Applicants must attend an interview with USCIS where they will be tested on their English language proficiency and knowledge of U.S. civics.
  5. Oath of Allegiance: If approved, applicants attend a ceremony to take the Oath of Allegiance, officially becoming U.S. citizens.

Applying for Citizenship While Form I-751 is Pending

While your Form I-751 is pending, you may be eligible to apply for naturalization if:

  • You have been a lawful permanent resident for at least 3 years (if married to a U.S. citizen) or 5 years (if not married to a U.S. citizen).
  • You meet all other eligibility requirements for naturalization.

Why Choose

At Arif Law Offices, we understand the complexities of the U.S. immigration process. Our team of experts is dedicated to guiding you through the citizenship application process, even while your Form I-751 is pending. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and ensure your application is handled with care and efficiency.


Applying for U.S. citizenship while your Form I-751 is pending is a significant step toward achieving your long-term goals in the United States. By understanding the process and seeking expert guidance, you can navigate this journey successfully.

Ready to begin your naturalization process? Contact us today to book your appointment and receive personalized support for your citizenship application.

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