My grandma is a permanent resident. She wants to petition for citizenship. She also would like to visit another country soon. Can she do so while her petition is pending?
She is required to "reside continuously" in the U.S. from the date the naturalization application is filed until she becomes a U.S. citizen. However, continuous residence does not mean that she must be physically present in the U.S., and often our client travel abroad while their applications are pending. If she is absent from the U.S. for more than six months, she probably will not be able to naturalize, but a short trip should not be a problem. After she files her application, she will be scheduled for fingerprinting, so she should delay her trip until these "biometrics" are completed.
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