US Citizenship: Physical Presence and Continuous Residence
Naturalization has many requirements that must be met, but people get confused by these two most often:
- Physical Presence and
- Continuous Residence.
As an applicant for US citizenship and naturalization, you must ensure you meet both the physical presence and continuous residence requirement, for the statutory three to five year period, before applying for naturalization.
To ensure compliance with continuous residence, an applicant must have resided in the United States for three or five years, depending on the grounds for applying. Also, the applicant must not have left the United States for a period of more than six months. If you did leave the country for more than six months, while having a lawful permanent resident card, your continuous presence may be disrupted, and you will have to prove continuous residence, so it is extremely important that you consult with us before you file an application.
To ensure compliance with the physical presence requirement, an applicant must be physically present for eighteen months within a three year period, or thirty months within a five year period, depending upon which application you are filing. There are exceptions for religious workers, active members of the military, people working for the U.S. government or under contract for the U.S. government abroad.
Please contact Ft Lauderdale Immigration Lawyers Shupe Dhawan if you are applying for citizenship. We will help guide you through the process.
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