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Have lived in the US for the last 4 years while attending college in State A. Left to go to India for short periods of time during semester breaks. Have been a US Green Card holder for over 10 years now, but never really lived in the US for before these last 4 - 5 years. I did however always have a re-entry permit and was a minor before. 

 

Now, I want to return to India and might come back to the US later but do want to get my citizenship before I leave. Questions I have: 

1. Can I file my N-400 and move to India? Some of my family is here and I can come back to the US for the test/biometrics/interview and oath. 

2. My family lives in State B while I went to college and lived in State A (physically). Can I file with State B still or not?

3. Should I apply for a re-entry permit before I leave?

 

 


I-130 Filing

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7/26/2012 - USCIS Received

7/31/2012 - Checks Cashed

8/1/2012 - NOA1

9/4/2013 - (8pm - Pacific) Email/Text for I-130 approval! (Took 405 days)

9/8/2013 - Hard Copy NOA2 for I-130

10/4/2013 - Got an email and text - I-130 went back into initial review wow.gif (http://www.visajourney.com/forums/topic/458341-i-130-went-back-into-initial-review)

 

I-485 (AoS)

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7/30/2013 - AoS Packets sent

8/1/2013 - PD is current for F2A (India)

8/1/2013 - Fedex Delivered (Chicago Lockbox)

8/5/2013 - Texts and Emails from USCIS for I-485, EAD and AP

8/12/2013 - Hard Copies NOAs for 485, EAD and AP

8/12/2013 - Biometrics appointment letter (Scheduled for 8/28)

8/13/2013 - Successful walk-in Biometrics done.

8/28/2013 - Scheduled Biometrics

8/28/2013 - Status for I-485 changed to "Testing and Interview"

9/17/2013 - Got an email & Text at 4am Pacific for Interview date (October 21)

9/19/2013 - Got the interview letter in mail.

10/9/2013 - Got emails and texts about EAD and AP going into production.

10/15/2013 - Got another email and text about EAD in production.

10/18/2013 - EAD updated to "Card sent"

10/18/2013 - EAD updated with USPS tracking number (expected delivery on 10/21)

10/21/2013 - EAD/AP Combo card received.

10/21/2013 - Interview day (Los Angeles - review)

10/21/2013 - Approved! Got text and email about card in production. dancin5hr.gifdancin5hr.gifdancin5hr.gif

10/21/2013 - Another update to the I-485 (Decision - Registered as Permanent Resident)

10/23/2013 - Another text/email for card in production.

10/28/2013 - Card ready to be picked up notification. Later in the day got the tracking number.

10//31/2013 - Received the card today! Yay!

I-751 (Removal of Conditions)

7/22/15 - Documents sent
7/24/15 - NOA1 (Received in mail on 7/29)
8/19/15 - Biometrics done
1/6/16 - Approval email and text :dancing::dancing:

 

 

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Posted (edited)

If you’re moving to India you would effectively be abandoning your legal resident status.  You should move after you naturalize 

Edited by CJKylie

ROC Timeline

Service Center: California

90 Day Window Opened.....08/03/17

I-751 Packet Sent................08/04/17

NOA Dated...........................08/07/17

NOA Received......................08/09/17

Check Cashed......................08/09/17

Biometrics Letter Rcvd........08/26/17

Biometrics Appointment......09/07/17

Approval................................[Pending]

 

Naturalization Timeline

Field Office: Santa Ana, CA

90 Day Window Opened.......08/03/18

N-400 Filed (Online)..............08/03/18

Receipt Notice.......................08/03/18

Biometrics Letter Rcvd..........08/20/18

Biometrics Appointment.......09/07/18

In Line For Interview.............

Interview Letter Rcvd............

Interview................................

Oath.......................................

 

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1 hour ago, ramu2012 said:

1. Can I file my N-400 and move to India? Some of my family is here and I can come back to the US for the test/biometrics/interview and oath. 

Get your naturalization first and THEN move.  You are playing with fire regarding the physical presence requirement for approval if you follow your plan, as at the interview the IO will learn about lengthy additional travel abroad between your filing date and interview date.

 

1 hour ago, ramu2012 said:

2. My family lives in State B while I went to college and lived in State A (physically). Can I file with State B still or not?

If you were residing in State A, you would file in State A.  Filing in State B (since you didn't actually live there) would make it difficult in showing continuous residency....curious why you do not want to file in State A?

 

1 hour ago, ramu2012 said:

3. Should I apply for a re-entry permit before I leave?

Not the best idea to apply for US citizenship and then soon after apply for a document asking for permission to immediately live outside of the US while it's pending... which of course then affects your continuous AND physical presence requirements for approval...but up to you, of course.

 

When applying for the N400, you will need to have at least 30 months physical presence within the US over the past 5 years, or 18 months for the past 3 years for approval----there is no way around this...considering you admittedly haven't been residing in the US for the better part of 4-5 years (for the N400 having a re-entry permit doesn't "stop the clock" in any way), you may want to wait a bit longer---and naturally spend more time actually INSIDE the country than OUTSIDE---to build up your physical presence before applying if you wish to be approved.

 

2 hours ago, ramu2012 said:

Have been a US Green Card holder for over 10 years now,

Your signature timeline is confusing with this statement.

It says you did your AOS in 2013, and were approved for Removal of Conditions in January 2016?  So you are planning to apply under the 3-year eligibility, then?


Applied for Naturalization based on 5-year Residency - 96 Days To Complete Citizenship!

July 14, 2017 (Day 00) -  Submitted N400 Application, filed online

July 21, 2017 (Day 07) -  NOA Receipt received in the mail

July 22, 2017 (Day 08) - Biometrics appointment scheduled online, letter mailed out

July 25, 2017 (Day 11) - Biometrics PDF posted online

July 28, 2017 (Day 14) - Biometrics letter received in the mail, appointment for 08/08/17

Aug 08, 2017 (Day 24) - Biometrics (fingerprinting) completed

Aug 14, 2017 (Day 30) - Online EGOV status shows "Interview Scheduled, will mail appointment letter"

Aug 16, 2017 (Day 32) - Online MYUSCIS status shows "Interview Scheduled, read the letter we mailed you..."

Aug 17, 2017 (Day 33) - Interview Appointment Letter PDF posted online---GOT AN INTERVIEW DATE!!!

Aug 21, 2017 (Day 37) - Interview Appointment Letter received in the mail, appointment for 09/27/17

Sep. 27, 2017 (Day 74) - Naturalization Interview--- read my experience here

Sep. 27, 2017 (Day 74) - Online MYUSCIS status shows "Oath Ceremony Notice mailed"

Sep. 28, 2017 (Day 75) - Oath Ceremony Letter PDF posted online--Ceremony for 10/19/17

Oct. 02, 2017 (Day 79) -  Oath Ceremony Letter received in the mail

Oct. 19, 2017 (Day 96) -  Oath Ceremony-- read my experience here

 

Applied for US Passport - requested Routine/ Regular Service

Oct. 27, 2017 (Day 00) - Submitted Passport Application, filed in person at Post Office

Oct. 30, 2017 (Day 03) - Online tracker shows application has been received and is under processing

Nov. 08, 2017 (Day 12) - Online tracker shows "in final stages" and projected completion time of 11/13/2017

Nov. 09, 2017 (Day 13) - Passport received in the mail.

Nov. 10, 2017 (Day 14) - Naturalization Certificate received back in the mail.

 

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48 minutes ago, Going through said:

Get your naturalization first and THEN move.  You are playing with fire regarding the physical presence requirement for approval if you follow your plan, as at the interview the IO will learn about lengthy additional travel abroad between your filing date and interview date.

 

If you were residing in State A, you would file in State A.  Filing in State B (since you didn't actually live there) would make it difficult in showing continuous residency....curious why you do not want to file in State A?

 

Not the best idea to apply for US citizenship and then soon after apply for a document asking for permission to immediately live outside of the US while it's pending... which of course then affects your continuous AND physical presence requirements for approval...but up to you, of course.

 

When applying for the N400, you will need to have at least 30 months physical presence within the US over the past 5 years, or 18 months for the past 3 years for approval----there is no way around this...considering you admittedly haven't been residing in the US for the better part of 4-5 years (for the N400 having a re-entry permit doesn't "stop the clock" in any way), you may want to wait a bit longer---and naturally spend more time actually INSIDE the country than OUTSIDE---to build up your physical presence before applying if you wish to be approved.

 

Your signature timeline is confusing with this statement.

It says you did your AOS in 2013, and were approved for Removal of Conditions in January 2016?  So you are planning to apply under the 3-year eligibility, then?

Makes perfect sense. Thanks. 

As far as the signature confusion goes, I am posting for a family member, not for myself. Tried to clarify by editing the first post but I am unable to edit it. 


I-130 Filing

Spoiler

 

7/26/2012 - USCIS Received

7/31/2012 - Checks Cashed

8/1/2012 - NOA1

9/4/2013 - (8pm - Pacific) Email/Text for I-130 approval! (Took 405 days)

9/8/2013 - Hard Copy NOA2 for I-130

10/4/2013 - Got an email and text - I-130 went back into initial review wow.gif (http://www.visajourney.com/forums/topic/458341-i-130-went-back-into-initial-review)

 

I-485 (AoS)

Spoiler

 

7/30/2013 - AoS Packets sent

8/1/2013 - PD is current for F2A (India)

8/1/2013 - Fedex Delivered (Chicago Lockbox)

8/5/2013 - Texts and Emails from USCIS for I-485, EAD and AP

8/12/2013 - Hard Copies NOAs for 485, EAD and AP

8/12/2013 - Biometrics appointment letter (Scheduled for 8/28)

8/13/2013 - Successful walk-in Biometrics done.

8/28/2013 - Scheduled Biometrics

8/28/2013 - Status for I-485 changed to "Testing and Interview"

9/17/2013 - Got an email & Text at 4am Pacific for Interview date (October 21)

9/19/2013 - Got the interview letter in mail.

10/9/2013 - Got emails and texts about EAD and AP going into production.

10/15/2013 - Got another email and text about EAD in production.

10/18/2013 - EAD updated to "Card sent"

10/18/2013 - EAD updated with USPS tracking number (expected delivery on 10/21)

10/21/2013 - EAD/AP Combo card received.

10/21/2013 - Interview day (Los Angeles - review)

10/21/2013 - Approved! Got text and email about card in production. dancin5hr.gifdancin5hr.gifdancin5hr.gif

10/21/2013 - Another update to the I-485 (Decision - Registered as Permanent Resident)

10/23/2013 - Another text/email for card in production.

10/28/2013 - Card ready to be picked up notification. Later in the day got the tracking number.

10//31/2013 - Received the card today! Yay!

I-751 (Removal of Conditions)

7/22/15 - Documents sent
7/24/15 - NOA1 (Received in mail on 7/29)
8/19/15 - Biometrics done
1/6/16 - Approval email and text :dancing::dancing:

 

 

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