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N-400 and days outside of the US

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Hi, I'm going to apply N-400 form sometime next week. On the form, there is one question that asks how many days you were outside the United States. Since I came back to my country 2 years ago and stayed 34 days there till I came back to the US, so my answer is 34. However, I'm going to go visit my country again next week as well and plan to stay there for one month. I'll submit my N400 form before my visit though. So my question is, do I still leave the 34 days as my answer on that question ? or should I change it ? Thanks

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In your case just leave the 34 days as your answer....what is important is the day you submit or sign your paper works... you base your answer to that question not for your future plan... when you will have your interview, they gonna ask if you leave the country after you submit your application... Good luck and take note that they usually set a date for fingerprint after a month you submit your application...

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Leave it current to the date you put on your application. If you travel after the submission date, then note when you went abroad for your records. I find it helpful to use something like Google calendar or TripIt (which automatically can pull airline and hotel reservations, for example, from an email account you authorize or messages you forward to its plans address; or you can manually enter) to keep track of the dates.

When you go to your USCIS interview for naturalization, print off the itineraries and have the adjusted total number of days. So if you've been outside the country for 34 days, and you travel for another 16 between now and then, you can show where you spent the time and in what countries. Easy peesy. :)


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