My mother was a resident alien in the United States – born in French Polynesia, married to my dad born in Wisconsin, US of A – and when she decided she wanted to become a citizen of the United States of America, it took her THREE YEARS after living here continuously for over THREE DECADES. She did this in accordance of the immigration laws of the United States of America. She went through the procedures of INS and solicited the help of the congressman of my parents’ district. I’m just sayin’.