Hello, I am a permanent resident since 2009. I am working in the U.S. Embassy in my birth country and every year i am visiting US in order to keep my "Green Card" active. As i have heard i can aply for citizenship if i have at least one year (out of 5) phisical presence in US and 5 years as permanent resident.
Is this mean that if i take one year unpaid leave with my current employeer and live for a year in the US, i can aplly for citizenship?
Also, do i need to continue working for the US government after the year i worked in US for private company in order to be eligeble for applying for US citizenship?
Your main issue is whether you've abandoned your permanent residency. If you haven't applied for a re-entry permit, just returning to the US periodically is not sufficient to avoid a finding of abandonment. What's important is your intent on whether you intend to return to the US. This wouuld depend on a lot of facts. Working for the US government on temporary assignment may proove that you intend to return to the US eventually.
If you received your green card through your US citizenship spouse you may be eligible for expeditious naturlization but more facts would be need to establish if this is a possibility for you. You should contact an American immigration attorney to review your case.
I agree with Ms Flynn again.
Section 316 paragraphs (b), (c), and (f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act allows for certain exceptions to the continuous residence requirement for those applicants working abroad for:
The United States government, including the Military
Contractors of the United States government
A recognized American institution of research (List of Recognized American Institutions of Research and Other Recognized Organizations)
A public international organization
An organization designated under the International Immunities Act
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