Should I stay for continuous 3 years in USA before applying N400 ?
I would like to ask for applying citizenship through marriage, do I need to stay in US 3 years continuously without traveling to Iran since I received my GC or can I travel in between?
Does my travel to Iran will be affecting my case while applying for my citizenship?
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While, in general, a departure from the US for a 2-3 week time-frame when a conditional resident Or permanent resident is allowed, the duration is not the concern, but rather where you intend to travel. Travel to Iran, a travel ban country, could certainly affect a raised scrutiny of your past immigration paperwork, past travel, your monetary support or affiliations, and cause undue delay. Discuss in private with an immigration attorney for specific issues or reasons to travel.
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You are strongly advised to wait before traveling to Iran until after you become a USC.
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Traveling to Iran prior to naturalization will assure a close investigation of all your immigration status documents. 100%.
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Although you should be OK if you only go out of the US for 3 weeks, given that Iran is a 'travel ban' country ... I encourage you to wait until you are a US citizen before going to Iran.
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