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Hi, I submitted N-400 this month. I want, or indeed have to travel to Europe later this month (5/26-6/8), so I will be gone for twelve days.

Is this OK? I don’t have anything scheduled USCIS-vise in that time. But I was in Europe from Oct. 2014 till Apr. 2015, for a total of 174 days. It says I cannot be overseas for more than 180 a year, so does only the 2015 portion of my long trip count? Or will USCIS add the 12 days to the previous 174 days?

Many thanks.

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Hi, I submitted N-400 this month. I want, or indeed have to travel to Europe later this month (5/26-6/8), so I will be gone for twelve days.

Is this OK? I dont have anything scheduled USCIS-vise in that time. But I was in Europe from Oct. 2014 till Apr. 2015, for a total of 174 days. It says I cannot be overseas for more than 180 a year, so does only the 2015 portion of my long trip count? Or will USCIS add the 12 days to the previous 174 days?

Many thanks.

There's nothing that says that you can't be gone for more than 180 days in joint year. There is a higher lever of scrutiny for single trips over 180 days, but even trips shorter than 180 days can break continuous residency.

Your trip later this month won't be a problem.

However, your 174 day trip might be a problem. You will likely be asked about it so make sure you have proof that you maintained your residence in the U.S. during that time.


For a review of each step of my N-400 naturalization process, from application to oath ceremony, please click here.

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