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Does I-829 processing time count towards citizenship?

The current processing time for form I-829 seems to be around 2 to 3 years according to USCIS. Does this wait time count towards the five-year requirement to qualify for citizenship?

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    Fredrick W Voigtmann

    Immigration Attorney
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    The answer is yes. Time spent in conditional lawful permanent resident status counts towards fulfilling the residence requirement for naturalization.

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    Bernard P Wolfsdorf

    Immigration Attorney
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    Yes and you can file at 57 months but they will not approve your naturalization application until the I-829 is approved.

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    Lynne Feldman

    Immigration Attorney
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    Yes, the time is counted from the date of the conditional residence approval - Resident Since Date on your green card.

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    Phuong Le

    Immigration Attorney
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    Yes, because your permanent residency clock is still running.

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    Belma Demirovic Chinchoy

    Immigration Attorney
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    Yes, it counts as your time as a lawful permanent resident.

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    Dale Schwartz

    Immigration Attorney
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    Yes, it does.

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    Salvatore Picataggio

    Immigration Attorney
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    It seems to, but also USCIS will not process the naturalization application until the I-829 is processed and approved.