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Hi - I have been a green card holder since 2007 and am now studying outside of the country (my American husband and son are both with me). I am wondering if I can apply for citizenship while away? I have been gone for a year and a half, and realize we may one day want to return to the US and so would like to apply for citizenship but not sure if I am allowed while away

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The initial question is are you a US permanent resident. You make it sound like you are not.


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You said you have moved to Canada?


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Well, I as I mentioned I have a green card (i.e., I am a permanent resident). I left the country after having the conditions lifted on my green card.

Have you got re-entry permit before leaving 18 months ago?

If not, you might not be a LPR anymore, despite having GC.

How have you maintained your permanent residency in the US?

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That's the problem - I didn't do anything. We just left. However, I read recently that if you immigrate through marriage you don;t have to maintain it? Also, as a student I thought perhaps I would be fine. I could be wrong. Maybe I need to find an immi lawyer. Ugghhh...I hate this stuff.

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Sounds like you are not permanently residing in the US.

Only really an issue if on future you wish to do so.


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That's the problem - I didn't do anything. We just left. However, I read recently that if you immigrate through marriage you don;t have to maintain it? Also, as a student I thought perhaps I would be fine. I could be wrong. Maybe I need to find an immi lawyer. Ugghhh...I hate this stuff.

You defininitely have to meet the permanent residence and continuous residence requirements if you are a student. And applying based on marriage does not change this.

-You have likely already lost your permanent residency, in this case you can reapply for a green card once you are ready to move back.

-If they decide you haven't lost your permanent residency, then you need to move back to the U.S. and live here for 3 years if you want to apply based on marriage to a US citizen. You will still have to explain your long absence at the time of your interview and you'll have to demonstrate that you always intended to return to the U.S.

I don't think you need a lawyer, if you cut ties to the U.S. when you left, you need to officially abandon your green card so you can apply for a new one and start over. If you have significant ties to the U.S., like a house, you might be able to argue that you didn't abandon your permanent residency. Either way, you can't apy for citizenship anytime soon.

Personally, I would officially relinquish my green card and then apply for a new one when you're ready to move.

Also remember that you should have been filing US tax returns this whole time as a PR.


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You say your Husband is with you.

Did he immigrate?


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Apart from anything else OP never mentioned wanting to come back to the US anytime soon.


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Hi - I have been a green card holder since 2007 and am now studying outside of the country (my American husband and son are both with me). I am wondering if I can apply for citizenship while away? I have been gone for a year and a half, and realize we may one day want to return to the US and so would like to apply for citizenship but not sure if I am allowed while away

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You're not only not allowed while you're away, you not meeting every single requirement for applying for citizenship and being away from US that long you abandoned your residency / green card.

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Actually, I maintained residency for six years after I received my green card, so I am pretty sure I have the ability to apply for citizenship. My hope is that someone who has had a situation somewhat comparable to mine who has looked into might be able to comment. Also , I don't think my residency is necessarily abandoned yet. In fact, that is apparently a grey area. I suppose I will see next time I cross the border.

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Well you don't accept other member's responses so it is no point asking. You can always try to cross the border to see what they say.


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