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Traveling abroad in the interim period between the interview to obtain a US citizenship and a ceremony of taking an oath.

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I will have an interview in March in the USCIS in Holtsville , NY . I have no way of knowing when I will be scheduled to take an oath . ( unless the interview and the oath take place on the same day ) My green card expires in September . I plan to travel abroad in October . Should I apply for the extension of a green card in April ? After I take an oath I am no longer allowed to use my foreign passport . What should I do if I am scheduled for the ceremony in September , since I may not have enough time to get a US passport prior to Oct departure Could my requesting an extension of the validity of a green card AFTER having the interview complicate my case ? Are there any provisions for special situations ( eh death of a close relative ) , say in October , when my current green card expired ?

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I don't think you could complicate the case by applying for an extension of your greencard. I dont think you could not travel abroad. The question is you want to come back and may or may not be a sworn in US citizen yet. Is there anything that could be cause to detain you and deny you reentry? If you have a valid greencard, I don't see why they could deny you reentry. If there is no valid greencard but you are a sworn in USC because the ceremony took place before you left then you should be allowed reentry. If there is no greencard and no USC yet, you may have a problem but can probably get some way around it. Just make sure you have something to be legal here when you reenter the USA, if that is going to happen.

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