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Part 7 of Form 400 for Naturalization

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Canada
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I posted this also in the naturalization form but I think my fellow Canucks who have naturalized may be able to give me some insight.

I'm getting around to applying for natulization and have a question about Part 7 of form 400. Since I'm Canadian, I make up to 10 trips a year just to Canada to visit friends and family. Most of them are on long weekends so only 3 days max and I just drive there. However, there is no way I can remember every single trip I've made home in the last 5 years. I can hardly remember all the trips I made to Canada last year!

Maybe this is more of a topic for Canadians, Mexicans, or other nationals closer to the US, but it is a bit different for us. A trip home for me doesn't cost 2 grand, it just costs me some gas money, so I do it pretty often.

What do I do for this part of the form if I can't remember every trip I've made?


"...My hair's mostly wind,

My eyes filled with grit

My skin's white then brown

My lips chapped and split

I've lain on the prairie and heard grasses sigh

I've stared at the vast open bowl of the sky

I've seen all the castles and faces in clouds

My home is the prairie and for that I am proud…

If You're not from the Prairie, you can't know my soul

You don't know our blizzards; you've not fought our cold

You can't know my mind, nor ever my heart

Unless deep within you there's somehow a part…

A part of these things that I've said that I know,

The wind, sky and earth, the storms and the snow.

Best say that you have - and then we'll be one,

For we will have shared that same blazing sun." - David Bouchard

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I looked up the instructions (which may NOT be much more helpful), which say "list every trip that lasted 24+ hours".


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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Canada
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Hey girl - how are you?

I tried my best and that was all I could do whn I listed my trips. You have a nexus pass right? Any chance you can get something online?

If you look in the Naturalization thread I think you may find someone commenting on getting their list of trips from the border guards...Canadian or US.

Good luck!


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Hi Treble. :)

I was lucky enough to accidentally read about needing this back when I first moved here..... So I have a running spreadsheet listing all my travel dates with a counter to see if I go over the allotment. lol. Can't imagine what I'd do, otherwise. Let us know how things go. I'm quite interested.

If it's any help at all.... the reason for that question is to ensure you qualify for citizenship. So, basically, you must be physically present in the US in the last 3 years, since your permanent residency, for at least 18 months or 548 days. This means that you could ostensibly go without entering specific dates and just provide a generic answer. I.E., let's say you went back to Canada 7 times this past year; 5 times for a long weekend and twice for a week. You could enter that you cannot remember the travel dates but you have been out of the country x amount of times with a maximum of 7 days each time or something along those lines. 7x7=49 so you are well under the 548 day limit. Just a thought, since that's basically how I answered a similar question on my K-1 visa. lol

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Canada
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Thanks Udella and Krikit. I will try my best to take a stab at it and see what I can come up with. Going back to 2008 and 2009 is going to probably be the most difficult for me.

Just as a note, it's my understanding when I read the instructions that you don't have to send documents like birth certificates, leases, mortgages, bills, etc. information unless they ask for it?


"...My hair's mostly wind,

My eyes filled with grit

My skin's white then brown

My lips chapped and split

I've lain on the prairie and heard grasses sigh

I've stared at the vast open bowl of the sky

I've seen all the castles and faces in clouds

My home is the prairie and for that I am proud…

If You're not from the Prairie, you can't know my soul

You don't know our blizzards; you've not fought our cold

You can't know my mind, nor ever my heart

Unless deep within you there's somehow a part…

A part of these things that I've said that I know,

The wind, sky and earth, the storms and the snow.

Best say that you have - and then we'll be one,

For we will have shared that same blazing sun." - David Bouchard

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