Naturalization Alert: The Impact of Absences in LPR Status

Naturalization Alert: The Impact of Absences in LPR Status

March 02, 2020

The Issue: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has issued a clarification pertaining to the absences of lawful permanent residents emphasizing “continuous residence” as a requirement for citizenship.

Key Points:

  • This update concerns absences of more than six months but less than one year during the statutorily required continuous residence period.

  • Applicants who have been absent from the United States for more than six months but less than a year must overcome the presumption that they have broken the continuity of their residence in the United States.

  • An applicant who has broken the continuity of residence in the United States must establish a new period of continuous residence, the length of which depends on the basis for naturalizing.

  • USCIS is accepting public comments on this change until March 10, 2020.

  • Bottom Line – If you are a lawful permanent resident who wants to become a U.S. citizen, don’t be absent from the United States for more than six months.

More Information:

USCIS Announcement, https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/uscis-clarifies-effect-breaks-continuity-residence-eligibility-naturalization

USCIS Policy Alert, https://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/policymanual/updates/20200226-BreaksInContinuousResidence.pdf

Comment Instructions, https://www.uscis.gov/outreach/feedback-opportunities/policy-manual-comment

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