If a permanent resident petitions for citizenship, can she leave the country while the petition is pending?

Asked over 2 years ago - San Francisco, CA

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?

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  1. James A. Bach

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    Answered . 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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  2. Wells Ted Wakefield

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    Answered . Probably. This depends upon how long she has been an LPR, how much time she has spent outside the U.S. during the last 3 or 5 years, and how long she intends to be abroad. Best to meet with an attorney who can review the plan and give you more specific advice.

    Good luck!

  3. Luis Alberto Guerra

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    Answered . Yes she can. She will have to disclose that info during her interview.
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  4. Neil Ian Fleischer

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    Answered . I agree

    Neil I Fleischer (513) 977-4209 www.immigrate2usa.com Note: The below answer is provided for informational use... more

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