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Hi,

Due to Covid and airport closure overseas my elderly parent spent more than 1year out of the US this year. In the naturalization eligibility chart he is not eligible to get the citizenship . I was wondering if there are any exceptions for such situations when the applicant is elderly and there is verifiable info / severe conditions that prevented his adherence to the rule. Please advise. Thanks in advance!!

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8 minutes ago, RudyK1980 said:

I was wondering if there are any exceptions for such situations

No. https://www.uscis.gov/policy-manual/volume-12-part-d-chapter-3

Once 4 years and 1 day have elapsed from the date of the applicant’s return to the United States, the period of absence from the United States that occurred within the past 5 years is now less than 1 year. Since the period of absence is still more than 6 months, an applicant for naturalization in these circumstances must also overcome the presumption of a break in the continuity of residence.

If the same applicant reapplies for naturalization at least 4 years and 6 months after reestablishing residence in the United States, he or she would not be subject to the presumption of a break in residence because the period of absence immediately preceding the application date is now less than 6 months.

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