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That time I traveled to Australia ..... should I be nervous?

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I may be overthinking this BUT, any advice welcome

 

I have my N400 interview end of this month, in April I went to Australia to travel with a family I work for (I am a nanny). I told them I was traveling for 'pleasure' but while there I was paid to care for the children I'd travelled there with.

When / if I get asked in the interview my reason for visiting and I say I was working out there with an American family (10 days) will that be an issue? I was paid legally and pay taxes in 2019 of course, just wasn't sure whether I'm fixating too much on things that wont be an issue. 

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25 minutes ago, Danielb4643 said:

I may be overthinking this BUT, any advice welcome

 

I have my N400 interview end of this month, in April I went to Australia to travel with a family I work for (I am a nanny). I told them I was traveling for 'pleasure' but while there I was paid to care for the children I'd travelled there with.

When / if I get asked in the interview my reason for visiting and I say I was working out there with an American family (10 days) will that be an issue? I was paid legally and pay taxes in 2019 of course, just wasn't sure whether I'm fixating too much on things that wont be an issue. 

Thank you!

IMO, you are stressing too much, if you are legally working shouldn't be a problem.

it can be interpret as working and pleasure at the same time, it's like your employer made you enjoy (pleasure) while working, just be cool, i see nothing wrong with it.

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I can’t imagine it would be anything they focus on.  It was a pleasure trip for all involved.  I would also say it’s honest in that you didn’t go to conduct business with anyone there.  I would say it can be argued that way, if it even came up.  I wouldn’t feel sure putting it down as business either.

 

You weren’t engaged in anything nefarious so I wouldn’t see it being a factor in completing your naturalization.

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28 minutes ago, Danielb4643 said:

I may be overthinking this BUT, any advice welcome

 

I have my N400 interview end of this month, in April I went to Australia to travel with a family I work for (I am a nanny). I told them I was traveling for 'pleasure' but while there I was paid to care for the children I'd travelled there with.

When / if I get asked in the interview my reason for visiting and I say I was working out there with an American family (10 days) will that be an issue? I was paid legally and pay taxes in 2019 of course, just wasn't sure whether I'm fixating too much on things that wont be an issue. 

Thank you!

They don't care much what you do if u r out less than 6 months... 10 days is pretty insignificant...

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3 hours ago, CarlHamilton said:

I think the concern is she wasn't legally working since she didn't have an Australian work visa. 

Yes, this is my concern. As I was working in Oz, as a Brit with a GC, for an American family I traveled with there and back whom also paid me in USD in USA....!

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16 minutes ago, Danielb4643 said:

Yes, this is my concern. As I was working in Oz, as a Brit with a GC, for an American family I traveled with there and back whom also paid me in USD in USA....!

That is not a concern as you were still working for your American employer, right? Also, the point of concern is always whether you abandoned your GC status which you didn't. You haven't abandoned your LPR or green card status. Examples of abandoning your LPR status are living overseas for more than 6 months frequently or living out of the country for more than a year, taking a job overseas, not maintaining your residence or ties (apartment, house, house mortgage payments if house is not fully paid, auto insurance payments etcetra) to the US while you are gone etcetra!

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3 minutes ago, love_my_wife said:

That is not a concern as you were still working for your American employer, right? Also, the point of concern is always whether you abandoned your GC status which you didn't. You haven't abandoned your LPR or green card status. Examples of abandoning your LPR status are living overseas for more than 6 months frequently, taking a job overseas, not maintaining your residence or ties (apartment, house, house mortgage payments if house is not fully paid, auto insurance payments etcetra) to the US while you are gone etcetra!

Ok great, I'm sure I'm fine - just getting closer and closer so my mind is running every scenario etc etc!

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53 minutes ago, Danielb4643 said:

Yes, this is my concern. As I was working in Oz, as a Brit with a GC, for an American family I traveled with there and back whom also paid me in USD in USA....!

I'd be very surprised if USCIS got involved in this, it's between you and the Australians. 

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5 hours ago, love_my_wife said:

That is not a concern as you were still working for your American employer, right?

I think the concern is with the Good Moral Character (GMC) requirement fore naturalization. Technically they knowingly violated laws.

Although I personally don't think it would be held against them either.


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9 hours ago, CarlHamilton said:

I think the concern is she wasn't legally working since she didn't have an Australian work visa. 

i think a lot of family travel around the world with their nanny, and they basically travel as tourist with tourist visa (if needed), so her getting inside a foreign country as a nanny with her employer will not be normally questioned.. she is basically having her vacation as well .. but with compensation..

 

her worry was, she thought she kind of lie .. by telling its a pleasure (prolly in her N400 application) but then she is working at the same time.. so she is worried what to tell during her interview.. which goes back to what i said .... 

19 hours ago, ourjourney_pc said:

IMO, you are stressing too much, if you are legally working shouldn't be a problem.

it can be interpret as working and pleasure at the same time, it's like your employer made you enjoy (pleasure) while working, just be cool, i see nothing wrong with it.

 

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