N-470 Uninterrupted One Year For Missionaries Rule Change?

Asked almost 3 years ago - Round Rock, TX

If I am applying for the N-470 on the basis of being a Missionary, are the rules any different regarding the uninterrupted year physically present in the U.S.? I ask because on the "Instructions for form N-470" (Rev. 01/31/11) it states that "The regulations are different for religious workers... They are not required to have lived in the United States for a specific period of time prior to filing form N-470." Is this a change in the rules or am I misinterpreting this statement to mean that the "1 year physically present without interruptions" rule does not apply to N-470 applicants whose application is based on religious work?

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  1. Carl Michael Shusterman


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    Answered . The latter.

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    (213) 394-4554 x0 Mr. Shusterman is a former INS Trial Attorney (1976-82) with over 35 years of immigration... more
  2. Thomas Esparza Jr.


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    Answered . te regulartions are different for religious workers. specifically, go the the uscis website and look for the faq sheet for your application

    The advice that I give in each answer or legal is not intended to take the place of an in person consultation. A... more
  3. C. C. Abbott

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    Answered . People who are designated to work for a religious organization as defined in the N-470 are able to preserve their residency requirements for purposes of presence within the US for naturalization even if the religious worker is outside the US for more than a year. This is a rule that is in place for religious workers as a form of public policy exemption.

    The test for qualifying is to have a actual religious organization in the US that is recognized by the Federal Government. Before using the N-470 it is best to ahve an experienced immigration attorney review the facts of your case and provide a legal opinion 0 s to the sue of the N-470. Good luck.

    Legal disclaimer: The statement above is provided by CC Abbott is based on general assistance and not intended to... more
  4. J Charles Ferrari

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    Answered . I agree with my colleagues.

    J Charles Ferrari Eng & Nishimura 213.622.2255 The statement above is general in nature, as not all the facts... more

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