I got the green card through the DV visa on 3/28/2015 and left the US on 4/6/2015 and came back on 3/20/2016 to stay 11 days and left again on 3/31/2016 and came back on 8/26/2016. I settled down since then and had short vacations outside the US as follows:
2017 - spent 30 days outside the US
2018 - spent 21 days outside the US
2019 - spent 21 days outside the US
2020 - did not travel
Am i eligible to apply for the N400 application as of now and if not what is the earliest date? I think that the 4 years plus one day rule applies to me and the below also applies to me. Can anybody confirm this?
Eligibility After Break in Residence
An applicant who USCIS determines to have broken the continuity of residence must establish a new period of continuous residence in order to become eligible for naturalization. The requisite duration of that period depends on the basis upon which the applicant seeks to naturalize. In general, such an applicant may become eligible and may apply for naturalization at least 6 months before reaching the end of the pertinent statutory period.
An applicant who is subject to a 5-year statutory period for naturalization is absent from the United States for 8 months, returning on August 1, 2018. The applicant has been absent from the United States for more than 6 months but less than 1 year. As such, the applicant must be able to rebut the presumption of a break in the continuity of residence in order to meet the continuous residence requirement for naturalization.
If the applicant is unable to rebut the presumption, he or she must wait until at least 6 months from reaching the 5-year anniversary of the newly established statutory period following the applicant s return to the United States. In this example, the newly established statutory period began on August 1, 2018, when the applicant returned to the United States. Therefore, the earliest the applicant may re-apply for naturalization is February 1, 2023, which is at least 6 months from the 5-year anniversary of the pertinent statutory period.