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Hi All,

 

Need a bit of clarification. I've been resident since 03/02/15 according to my 10yr GC. I've traveled back home in total 69 days (30, 39 split). the visits were almost 4 years apart and those are my only visits outside of US.

 

Questions:

When does my window open to apply for N-400? (Applying under the 5yr rule)

Did my travel push my eligibility date further by 69 days?

Can I apply earlier than the eligibility date? If Yes, by how many months?

Once I submit N-400, can I still travel back home to visit family, Conditioned I keep it short?

 

Thanks in advance.

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9 hours ago, optiplex said:

Did my travel push my eligibility date further by 69 days?

No.  Travel doesn't affect eligibility dates, but can affect continuous residency and physical presence requirements (in your case, it doesn't affect those either based on the travel history you provided above.)

 

9 hours ago, optiplex said:

When does my window open to apply for N-400? (Applying under the 5yr rule)

The date you were approved for Permanent Residency is the date you use to count forward 5 years for naturalization.   Your window opens 90 days before the 5-year anniversary date.  Or 90 days before the 3-year anniversary date if you are eligible to apply based on marriage.

 

9 hours ago, optiplex said:

Can I apply earlier than the eligibility date? If Yes, by how many months?

No.  The whole premise of there being an eligibility date is for one to file only when eligible.

If you apply  even 1 day earlier than your eligibility date, your application will be denied under USCIS policy.

 

9 hours ago, optiplex said:

Once I submit N-400, can I still travel back home to visit family, Conditioned I keep it short?

Yes, so long as your green card is valid/you have your i-551 stamp in your passport.  You would need to just update your travel history at the beginning of your N400 interview with the Immigration Officer.


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