Asked over 5 years ago - Seattle, WAFlag
Part of the requirements for naturalization requires telling USCIS every single trip you have taken outside of the United States for the last 5 years. It is impossible for me to do this with 100% accuracy: first, I live near the Canadian border and have made frequent trips and do not remember the dates and length of stays; second, I traveled very frequently internationally every year and since lost the credit card receipts, replaced my passport (no longer have old ones) and e-mail that could help me fill in my travel history.
What is one to do in this case? How would hiring an attorney help with this situation?
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You need to make your best effort to state your international travel history on your N-400 Naturalization Application Form. You can state that the dates and length of stays are estimates on the form, but it is important to at least list the various countries that you visited. If you would like assistance with preparing and filing your Naturalization Application, please contact us at 206-624-8410 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Good luck with your application!
Both the previous answers are good. In my experience it is most difficult for people to remember the exact dates of their trips. Obviously it is best to provide the most complete and accurate data that you can, but I think in most cases if you accurately list the countries you visited, the approximate dates, and the lengths of time you were outside the U.S. this is sufficient. I believe the principle purpose of this section is to determine if you meet the residency requirements for citizenship and to be sure that the applicant has not abandoned his or her residency.
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