Immigration Law Questions? Ask an Immigration Lawyer.
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Unfortunately USCIS requires you to be married for the entire 5 years. Since you were divorced before then, it does make you ineligible to apply for the US citizenship. I'm really sorry to be the bearer of bad news about that. I did also take a moment to contact USCIS to verify this (anonymously of course) and they did confirm that a divorce before the 5 years makes you ineligible to apply for US citizenship.
There are however other potential pathways to receiving US residency. Do you have any relatives that are US residents? Perhaps a parent or sibling? There are also certain investor visas that grant residency and citizenship, however those do require a rather substantial investment.
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