Citizenship is the dream of many immigrants, and the naturalization process is the
path to obtaining U.S. citizenship for any foreign-born person. Naturalization
is a long and complex process, and mistakes may require you to begin the
process again. One little-known factor that may affect your naturalization
process is travel abroad.
How Does Travel Affect the Naturalization Process?
Two requirements of the naturalization process may be disrupted by extensive
travel out of the country. These requirements are:
- Continuous Residence
- Physical presence
These requirements require you to live in the U.S. for a certain amount
of time before you may apply for naturalization.
This requirement is looking to see if you have maintained residence in
the U.S. for at least 5 years directly prior to applying for citizenship.
Your period of residence can be interrupted by short trips without disrupting
your eligibility for naturalization, but longer trips can jeopardize the
process. Trips shorter than 6 months are acceptable to take and will not
affect your application. Trips that last 6 to 12 months can hurt your
application, unless you have evidence to demonstrate that you did not
abandon your residency in the U.S. If your trip lasts more than a year,
you will have to wait to apply for naturalization. If you are uncertain
if your travel has affected your eligibility to apply for citizenship,
you should consult your immigration attorney.
To meet this requirement, you must be physically present in the U.S. for
30 months of the 5 years prior to application for naturalization. This
requirement means that you must be in the U.S. for a collective total
of 30 months, not merely maintaining residence in the country while traveling abroad.
Speak to a Garden City Immigration Lawyer - (516) 806-4070
You will be required to report your trip dates for the past 5 years when
you apply for naturalization. If you are concerned about how your travel
history may affect your eligibility for citizenship, you should get in
touch with the
Kapoor Law Firm. Our top-rated team of Garden City
immigration attorneys can help you evaluate your options and advise you through the
process of obtaining your citizenship.
Contact our offices to schedule a
free consultation with our team. Call (516) 806-4070 today.