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I am currently in a big dillemma. So, I am working in US on my approved H1-B employment based visa. I need to get it stamped if i leave US at an embessay. Meanwhile I joined military and applied for Naturalization back in June. I have to travel to India for the month of January 2015 which I planned a year ago thinking that I would have my citizenship by then. It took about 6 months for N400 applicaton to move forward and I had my interview on 12/18/2014. The immigration office asked me to take oath same day. But if I would have taken an oath, then I would have to apply for US passport, cancel of my Indian citizenship and get new Indian visa. The whole process take about a month and half and I have to cancel my travel plans which included my wedding. So, I requested office to schedule my oath ceremony after I come back from trip. Office seemed to be a bit disapponted as they have made arrangements for my oath already, which I understand. Officer did give me a letter that says that I passed the interview and she is recommending me for oath, she said I will receive a letter with new date in mail. Also she made me write a letter stating my reasons to dealy oath ceremony and sign it. I have scheduled my appointment to appear for my H1-B stamped in India during my upcoming trip to return back to US.

What do you think guys? Did I do it correctly? am I going to be in any trouble to get my H1-b stamp or can USCIS deny my naturalization?

Any input will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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Until you're sworn in you can travel as an alien resident, as you have in the past. They won't deny your naturalization based on an international trip. Good luck and congrats on your citizenship.


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