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HI. I'm a US resident and my fiance is Colombian. We are planning on getting married and then moving to Colombia until i can become a US citizen because we are told the process would be too long if i we apply with me being just a resident. What worries me now is that we need to find a co-sponsor since i won't be filling taxes in the time i'll be living in Colombia. Those are the plans so far. I'm working in the Sates right now until i can save enough for the wedding next March. But I don't know if me living in Colombia could become an issue in my process of becoming a US Citizen.

Does any one have a better idea of what we could do? Maybe apply right now even as a resident? Help please this is very confusing!

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HI. I'm a US resident and my fiance is Colombian. We are planning on getting married and then moving to Colombia until i can become a US citizen because we are told the process would be too long if i we apply with me being just a resident. What worries me now is that we need to find a co-sponsor since i won't be filling taxes in the time i'll be living in Colombia. Those are the plans so far. I'm working in the Sates right now until i can save enough for the wedding next March. But I don't know if me living in Colombia could become an issue in my process of becoming a US Citizen.

Does any one have a better idea of what we could do? Maybe apply right now even as a resident? Help please this is very confusing!

Significant amount of time outside the US while an LPR can significantly affect your ability to become a citizen... too much time outside and you may be considered to have abandoned your residency.... Tread gently with this idea....


YMMV

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HI. I'm a US resident and my fiance is Colombian. We are planning on getting married and then moving to Colombia until i can become a US citizen because we are told the process would be too long if i we apply with me being just a resident. What worries me now is that we need to find a co-sponsor since i won't be filling taxes in the time i'll be living in Colombia. Those are the plans so far. I'm working in the Sates right now until i can save enough for the wedding next March. But I don't know if me living in Colombia could become an issue in my process of becoming a US Citizen.

Does any one have a better idea of what we could do? Maybe apply right now even as a resident? Help please this is very confusing!

Significant amount of time outside the US while an LPR can significantly affect your ability to become a citizen... too much time outside and you may be considered to have abandoned your residency.... Tread gently with this idea....

So you're saying moving to Colombia while we wait for her process to conclude is not a good idea?

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Dependant on facts and circumstances and the length of time possibkly outside the country... it may be not a good idea but it could be a disastorous decision with unintended consequences....


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Dependant on facts and circumstances and the length of time possibkly outside the country... it may be not a good idea but it could be a disastorous decision with unintended consequences....

From a citizenship website:

You have the ability to naturalize based on continuous residence of 5 year.....

Continuous Residence means that you have not left the United States for a long period of time. An important requirement for naturalization. "Continuous residence" may be broken if you take a single trip out of the country that lasts for 6 months or more.


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Dependant on facts and circumstances and the length of time possibkly outside the country... it may be not a good idea but it could be a disastorous decision with unintended consequences....

From a citizenship website:

You have the ability to naturalize based on continuous residence of 5 year.....

Continuous Residence means that you have not left the United States for a long period of time. An important requirement for naturalization. "Continuous residence" may be broken if you take a single trip out of the country that lasts for 6 months or more.

well, thank you very much! That's really important information that we didn't count on. I guess we are gonna have to figure out a new way of doing things. Which is really sad, because acconrding to this new info we won't be able to live together as we had planned without compromising my Citizenship process.

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HI. I'm a US resident and my fiance is Colombian. We are planning on getting married and then moving to Colombia until i can become a US citizen because we are told the process would be too long if i we apply with me being just a resident. What worries me now is that we need to find a co-sponsor since i won't be filling taxes in the time i'll be living in Colombia. Those are the plans so far. I'm working in the Sates right now until i can save enough for the wedding next March. But I don't know if me living in Colombia could become an issue in my process of becoming a US Citizen.

Does any one have a better idea of what we could do? Maybe apply right now even as a resident? Help please this is very confusing!

It might be possible but is not that easy, I just became an US citizen last year and I have 2 brothers visiting from Colombia right now and both of them are Legal US Residents, last week when they came, the agent at the airport wanted to take the green cards away from both of them, one of them comes every six months and the other one every 11 months, we taught it was just enough to keep the card, for our surprise is not, I found very useful information in this link, you need to file a Re-entry permit I-131, $305.00 fee while you still in the States. Read this link http://www.antaoandchuang.com/i-keeping.html it may help you clear a lot of doubts.

Another thing is if you want to become a US, you DO need to have a continuous residence, you can’t be out for more than six months or your count of the 5 straight yrs. will start again. Don’t risk the change to be with your love one, my best advice, get plenty of information before doing anything, a little mistake of misinformation might have you doing the wrong things.

Good luck .... Ana (F)

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