Physical presence and US citizenship?

Asked almost 3 years ago - Bloomington, MN

I know there are a certain number of months of physical presence required to become a naturalized citizen, but do those months all have to be in a row?


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  1. Carl Michael Shusterman


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    Answered . No. You must be physically present in the US at least 50% of the time during your required resdiency period.

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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. Robert West

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    Answered . It is based on a total period of time. Too many months outside the US can disqualify. Seek the aid of an immigration attorney to make sure you qualify before paying the filing fee.

  3. J Charles Ferrari

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    Answered . You need to be physically present in the US for at least half of the time required based on the basis for your eligibility for naturalization.

    J Charles Ferrari Eng & Nishimura 213.622.2255 The statement above is general in nature and does not... more

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