Dear lowers ,
Please advice on my situation, I am a green card holder and work for oil company in the Middle East , I just want to know how can I be considered in the states while my work out of USA. As per USCIS I hold 10 years green card and must spend 5 years in the country so I can apply for citizenship, my question is , is there any way for me to be considered in the USA even when I am out of the country such as any American living in USA and working overseas ? because from 10 years validity I have to spend 5 years of it in the country.
You may use the Form N-470 to Preserve Continuous Residence for citizenship eligibility purposes if working for a US multinational overseas. Speak with an immigration lawyer.
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You should , at least , have applied and received a re- entry permit from USCIS. You also seem to have been eligible for filing the FORM N-470 in that you are employed by a U.S. company. A permanent resident can file the FORM N-470 prior to leaving the United States for employment abroad and the approval by USCIS of such form will preserve your status as an immigrant in order to pursue your naturalization.
Unless you work for a US government and have pre approved long stay, you cannot. Americans can do that. You are not an American. YOu want to be an American. America is giving you this chance but its does not want to facilitate remote Americans more than it has to; so LPRs are only allowed brief and casual trips outside the USA for less than 365 days or bye bye the LPR status. Some exceptions apply but not on your facts. That means that either you continue maintaining your status and coming back to America every five months or so; return and apply for reentry permit which would allow you to stay outside for up to 2 years provided you continue maintaining your ties in the USA or you lose one of the two - your job or your chance to become an American.
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