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Do I qualify for early filing?

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1.  Spouse obtains a CR-1 visa (marriage to USC)

2.  Spouse moves to the U.S. and green card received upon U.S. entry.  Continuous residence begins here.


My understanding is that the continuous residence requirement of the N-400 requires the applicant to have resided in the U.S. for 3 years before filing and this is considered separate from the requirement of being a LPR for 3 years.  That being said, we meet the 3 years LPR requirement but not the 3 years continuous residence requirement needed for early filing.  


Am I correct?

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N400 eligibility clock starts to tick with the date shown next to the  "resident since" row on the green card. Continuous residence refers to the time spent outside of the US during that 3 or 5 year period. Use the N400 eligibility checklist https://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/files/article/attachments.pdf to determine your eligibility. The True/Not True questions shown on the eligibility diagrams are very clear but if you have not taken long trips outside US during the past 3 years no reason to worry. Good luck!

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