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Are there any restrictions on travel while applying for citizenship through naturalization for current permanent residents? I am a permanent resident and my green card expires in about 6 months. I was going to apply for citizenship but I have a trip back to Australia planned for a few weeks next month. I don't want to run into any troubles getting back into the country once I leave. I know your passport has to have at least 6 months left on it to travel internationally but wasn't sure if this applied to green cards too. Also if I begin my application for citizenship, will this affect my travel plans? Thanks for any help

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You can travel freely before, during, and after naturalization.

Once you have submitted your N-400, it will go bang, bang, bang, most likely in monthly steps though, so you can't really leave for too long.

If you want to leave for up to a month, do this exactly the day after you have mailed in your N-400. When you come back, biometrics is only a few days away.

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There is no room in this country for hyphenated Americanism. When I refer to hyphenated Americans, I do not refer to naturalized Americans. Some of the very best Americans I have ever known were naturalized Americans, Americans born abroad. But a hyphenated American is not an American at all . . . . The one absolutely certain way of bringing this nation to ruin, of preventing all possibility of its continuing to be a nation at all, would be to permit it to become a tangle of squabbling nationalities, an intricate knot of German-Americans, Irish-Americans, English-Americans, French-Americans, Scandinavian-Americans or Italian-Americans, each preserving its separate nationality, each at heart feeling more sympathy with Europeans of that nationality, than with the other citizens of the American Republic . . . . There is no such thing as a hyphenated American who is a good American. The only man who is a good American is the man who is an American and nothing else.

President Teddy Roosevelt on Columbus Day 1915

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