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