Can I apply to naturalize after three years via a same-sex spouse if I got residence another way?
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I’m a woman from El Salvador, and got married to another woman, a U.S. citizen, in New Hampshire last year. That was before the Supreme Court’s DOMA decision, so our same-sex marriage could not be used to get me a green card. Fortunately, I was able to qualify for asylum in the U.S. based on my fear of persecution as a lesbian woman in El Salvador. So I am legally in the United States — in fact, I just got my green card. My question now is how long I have to wait for U.S. citizenship? Do I have to wait a full five years, or can I take advantage of the three-year rule that applies to spouses of U.S. citizens even though I didn’t get my green card through her?