So you are saying your son has been living out of US for 8 year - means he only comes to US for 2 months in a year for vaccation and remains out of US for 10 months?
Getting a scholarship in Moscow is upto Russian govt.
If he is doing this for 8 yrs and immigration never caught it does not mean that legit.
The primary residence for a GC holder has to be US otherwise one does not need a GC, apply for appropriate VISA.... these are not my word these are words of CO.
Alla - if you claim to be resident of US then you have to spend most of the time in a year in US too....
You cannot claim to be US resident just for immigration and paperwork and continue to live in other country for most part of the year.
You are misinterpreting again.
Our son has been a college student for 4 years so far, just graduated with his bachelors degree. He will return to start his master's degree in September. He will become a citizen next year (10 year green card this year) After he becomes a citizen his absence will make no difference. His first year of college he was not a US resident, we were in the visa process. So it has been 3 years (not 8 years) and will be 4 years when he becomes a citizen.
Absence for more than 6 months and less than one year is allowed without a re-entry permit for any reason. Absence for a reason such as education will not (or should not if you cover your bases) cause a problem with receiving citizenship in 3 years.
Our son does not "live" in Russia. He lives
here. His drivers license says so, his tax return says so and he is registered for the draft as required by US residents. He is a student
at a school in Moscow. That is all. He is specifically NOT a resident of Moscow and has stamps in his passport to state that his ONLY purpose for being in Moscow is for education. (Russia requires you register your presence there and for what purpose) He officially
has no address in Moscow. His scholarship is specifically for a non-citizen/resident of Russia and required he pass special examinations with particular scores in order to quaify for this. The school (not the government) awards a certain number of scholarships for masters degrees and doctorate degrees to foreign students who qualify for them. He is classified by the school as a "foreign student"
His being a student has not been overlooked, it has in fact been listed on his applications for the green card, for the visa and discusseed in detail with several levels of the USCIS at the VSC. It will also be noted on his I-751 when we file that in a couple weeks.
I am not guessing. This is Gary, not Alla.
CO's do not make the rules.
Please give us the experience you base your statements on.