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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Canada
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When one has completed their N400 interview, may they depart the States in the interim between the interview and the swearing in ceremony

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Yes. You will still have your green card and will travel using that and your foreign passport. When you go for your oath ceremony they will ask you if you have travelled between the time of the interview and the ceremony so you would disclose your travel at that time. The reason they ask is to ensure you still meet the physical presence/residency requirements. It won't be a problem unless you are away for a long time :) .


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An additional note, you are not a citizen until you take the oath so keep that in mind if anyone asks or if you have to fill out any forms.


N-400 Naturalization Timeline

06/28/11 .. Mailed N-400 package via Priority mail with delivery confirmation

06/30/11 .. Package Delivered to Dallas Lockbox

07/06/11 .. Received e-mail notification of application acceptance

07/06/11 .. Check cashed

07/08/11 .. Received NOA letter

07/29/11 .. Received text/e-mail for biometrics notice

08/03/11 .. Received Biometrics letter - scheduled for 8/24/11

08/04/11 .. Walk-in finger prints done.

08/08/11 .. Received text/e-mail: Placed in line for interview scheduling

09/12/11 .. Received Yellow letter dated 9/7/11

09/13/11 .. Received text/e-mail: Interview scheduled

09/16/11 .. Received interview letter

10/19/11 .. Interview - PASSED

10/20/11 .. Received text/email: Oath scheduled

10/22/11 .. Received OATH letter

11/09/11 .. Oath ceremony

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Filed: Citizen (pnd) Country: Canada
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Plus make sure you are still residing in the US. If found you are actually residing elsewhere then your oath could be denied. Make sure it's only a trip...


I'm just a wanderer in the desert winds...

Timeline

1997

Oct - Job offer in US

Nov - Received my TN-1 to be authorized to work in the US

Nov - Moved to US

1998-2001

Recieved 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th TN

2002

May - Met future wife at arts fest

Nov - Recieved 6th TN

2003

Nov - Recieved 7th TN

Jul - Our Wedding

Aug - Filed for AOS

Sep - Recieved EAD

Sep - Recieved Advanced Parole

2004

Jan - Interview, accepted for Green Card

Feb - Green Card Arrived in mail

2005

Oct - I-751 sent off

2006

Jan - 10 year Green Card accepted

Mar - 10 year Green Card arrived

Oct - Filed N-400 for Naturalization

Nov - Biometrics done

Nov - Just recieved Naturalization Interview date for Jan.

2007

Jan - Naturalization Interview Completed

Feb - Oath Letter recieved

Feb - Oath Ceremony

Feb 21 - Finally a US CITIZEN (yay)

THE END

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Ghana
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It won't be a problem unless you are away for a long time :) .

My husband is planning to go to Ghana for a visit before taking his oath (he is going to ask it to be postponed).

Is 60 days away too long a time? It seems the physical presence was met before the application was sent. He hasn't been out of the USA much at all before this upcoming trip.

Thanks for advice/info....


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Becoming a U.S. Citizen

2/15/10 Sent N-400 packet via Fedex to Lewisville TX

2/19/10 Received text message and email notification of application received, check cashed

2/27/10 Received biometrics appointment letter

3/19/10 Biometrics appointment

3/25/10 Received email notice that case will be sent for interview scheduling at local office

3/26/10 Received yellow letter asking to being more tax records/info to interview

3/27/10 Received interview letter (dated 3/24/10)

4/28/10 Interview appointment

6/5/10 Received oath letter (dated 6/1/10)

6/29/10 Oath ceremony date

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My husband is planning to go to Ghana for a visit before taking his oath (he is going to ask it to be postponed).

Is 60 days away too long a time? It seems the physical presence was met before the application was sent. He hasn't been out of the USA much at all before this upcoming trip.

Thanks for advice/info....

60 days is fine... just when he goes for the oath, make sure he takes with him his passport because they will ask him if he has traveled and how long? therefore, they might ask to see proof and the best proof is entry/exit stamps...

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N-400 Naturalization Timeline

06/28/11 .. Mailed N-400 package via Priority mail with delivery confirmation

06/30/11 .. Package Delivered to Dallas Lockbox

07/06/11 .. Received e-mail notification of application acceptance

07/06/11 .. Check cashed

07/08/11 .. Received NOA letter

07/29/11 .. Received text/e-mail for biometrics notice

08/03/11 .. Received Biometrics letter - scheduled for 8/24/11

08/04/11 .. Walk-in finger prints done.

08/08/11 .. Received text/e-mail: Placed in line for interview scheduling

09/12/11 .. Received Yellow letter dated 9/7/11

09/13/11 .. Received text/e-mail: Interview scheduled

09/16/11 .. Received interview letter

10/19/11 .. Interview - PASSED

10/20/11 .. Received text/email: Oath scheduled

10/22/11 .. Received OATH letter

11/09/11 .. Oath ceremony

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Filed: Citizen (pnd) Country: Canada
Timeline

My husband is planning to go to Ghana for a visit before taking his oath (he is going to ask it to be postponed).

Is 60 days away too long a time? It seems the physical presence was met before the application was sent. He hasn't been out of the USA much at all before this upcoming trip.

Thanks for advice/info....

It is never a good choice to postpone a trip for the oath unless you absolutly have to (emgergency in the family etc). Being put back into the USCIS system and re-queued could be a long time before you get your next oath ceremony. So be prepared for a long possible wait for another oath ceremony if you don't get lost in the system when you get put at the back of the line...


I'm just a wanderer in the desert winds...

Timeline

1997

Oct - Job offer in US

Nov - Received my TN-1 to be authorized to work in the US

Nov - Moved to US

1998-2001

Recieved 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th TN

2002

May - Met future wife at arts fest

Nov - Recieved 6th TN

2003

Nov - Recieved 7th TN

Jul - Our Wedding

Aug - Filed for AOS

Sep - Recieved EAD

Sep - Recieved Advanced Parole

2004

Jan - Interview, accepted for Green Card

Feb - Green Card Arrived in mail

2005

Oct - I-751 sent off

2006

Jan - 10 year Green Card accepted

Mar - 10 year Green Card arrived

Oct - Filed N-400 for Naturalization

Nov - Biometrics done

Nov - Just recieved Naturalization Interview date for Jan.

2007

Jan - Naturalization Interview Completed

Feb - Oath Letter recieved

Feb - Oath Ceremony

Feb 21 - Finally a US CITIZEN (yay)

THE END

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Filed: Citizen (pnd) Country: Canada
Timeline

It is never a good choice to postpone a trip for the oath unless you absolutly have to (emgergency in the family etc). Being put back into the USCIS system and re-queued could be a long time before you get your next oath ceremony. So be prepared for a long possible wait for another oath ceremony if you don't get lost in the system when you get put at the back of the line...

This should have said "never postpone the oath for a trip" not the other way around...


I'm just a wanderer in the desert winds...

Timeline

1997

Oct - Job offer in US

Nov - Received my TN-1 to be authorized to work in the US

Nov - Moved to US

1998-2001

Recieved 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th TN

2002

May - Met future wife at arts fest

Nov - Recieved 6th TN

2003

Nov - Recieved 7th TN

Jul - Our Wedding

Aug - Filed for AOS

Sep - Recieved EAD

Sep - Recieved Advanced Parole

2004

Jan - Interview, accepted for Green Card

Feb - Green Card Arrived in mail

2005

Oct - I-751 sent off

2006

Jan - 10 year Green Card accepted

Mar - 10 year Green Card arrived

Oct - Filed N-400 for Naturalization

Nov - Biometrics done

Nov - Just recieved Naturalization Interview date for Jan.

2007

Jan - Naturalization Interview Completed

Feb - Oath Letter recieved

Feb - Oath Ceremony

Feb 21 - Finally a US CITIZEN (yay)

THE END

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