How long does a person need to own stock to qualify for getting that companies dividend?

So I own stock and mine doesn't pay a dividend, but i am thinking about cashing in my current stock and put my money in some stock with a high dividend yield. I was just wondering if there is a certain time length that you must keep your money in that particular dividend stock to qualify for the dividends, or... show more So I own stock and mine doesn't pay a dividend, but i am thinking about cashing in my current stock and put my money in some stock with a high dividend yield. I was just wondering if there is a certain time length that you must keep your money in that particular dividend stock to qualify for the dividends, or if the company starts paying you the first quarter that you own the stock...
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