The most common pathway to naturalization is continuous residence. As the American nation was built on and by immigrants from around the world, seeking freedom, happiness, and prosperity, their new country gradually imposed certain requirements on newcomers aspiring to American citizenship. One of the most important conditions was and still is that you must live in the US permanently, i.e., most of the time, in order to become a US citizen.
The continuous residence and physical presence requirements can be a point of confusion for many permanent residents who apply for US citizenship.
Here are the most important numeric conditions and general parameters for naturalization in this category. Keep them in mind!
Continuous residence means that the applicant has maintained residence within the United States for a specified period of time. Generally, you must have five years of continuous residence in the US to become eligible for naturalized citizenship. You may live outside theUS if you are employed by the American government, including the military, or are a contractor of the US government, a researcher, an international organization employee, or a religious worker.
You must live at least 30 months or 913 days within those 5 years in the United States.
Physical presence means that the applicant has been physically present within the United States for a certain cumulative period of time.
If you spent more than 1 year outside the US within the last 5 years, it is very unlikely that you will be eligible for naturalization. You should avoid any trips abroad of six months or longer.
The 4 year 1 day rule applies to permanent lawful residents who were required to be in the US for a continuous period of 5 years but who broke the continuity of their residence. The period of 4 years and 1 day is the time that must elapse before you can apply for naturalization again.
Also, you must have a good moral character, be current with your taxes, pay or be exempt from filing fees, pass or be exempt from a Civics / ESL exam, and attend an interview with a USCIS official.
TIP! You might be able to apply for US citizenship after one year of service in the US armed forces. For more information go to the Military Personnel.
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