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  • How long can a US citizen stay abroad?

    Hi,

    I've searched this forum looking for an answer to this question, but can't find it. Pretty sure it must have been asked.

    Can someone please tell me if you know, for how long a US citizen can stay outside the US without losing the citizenship/and or having any sort of problem with the citizenship? I know for gc holders it is 6 months....but what abt citizens?

    Thanks!
    Married to USC Husband
    I-485 filled- October, 2004
    Interview - February, 2005 (approval pending name check)

    Due to Feb 4 memo:
    Welcome letter notice email-03/28/08
    Welcome letter recd-03/31/08
    Approval notice email- 04/01/08
    Green Card recd in mail-04/04/08

  • #2
    Originally posted by Feb2005 View Post
    Hi,

    I've searched this forum looking for an answer to this question, but can't find it. Pretty sure it must have been asked.

    Can someone please tell me if you know, for how long a US citizen can stay outside the US without losing the citizenship/and or having any sort of problem with the citizenship? I know for gc holders it is 6 months....but what abt citizens?

    Thanks!
    forever you will not lose ur citizenship even if you move to a different country
    DO : Santa Ana
    • 07/23/2007 Priority Date
    • 12/14/2007 FP Done on scheduled date
    • 03/05/2008 Interview Date(PASSED)
    • 04/30/2008 U.S.Citizen!!!!
    • 05/02/2008 Passport applied *Regular Postage*
    • 05/13/2008 Passport received w/ U.S. Certificate

    Total of 9 months for my citizenship process PD to Oath

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    • #3
      Originally posted by xenogear View Post
      forever you will not lose ur citizenship even if you move to a different country
      Great! Thanks for the info.
      Married to USC Husband
      I-485 filled- October, 2004
      Interview - February, 2005 (approval pending name check)

      Due to Feb 4 memo:
      Welcome letter notice email-03/28/08
      Welcome letter recd-03/31/08
      Approval notice email- 04/01/08
      Green Card recd in mail-04/04/08

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      • #4
        Keep in mind though, legally US citizens are required to file 1040 every year, even if you are not staying in US. You will get credit for the taxes paid in that country but filing requirement is still there.

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        • #5
          to quote the IO who interviewed/approved me this week:

          "you can leave the US on the next flight out, right after your oath ceremony this afternoon!
          and only come back until you feel like it! just don't forget to mail back your absentee ballots
          every November"
          (the IO said it with a big smile ) but I think I'll need a passport first!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by danny1968 View Post
            to quote the IO who interviewed/approved me this week:

            "you can leave the US on the next flight out, right after your oath ceremony this afternoon!
            and only come back until you feel like it! just don't forget to mail back your absentee ballots
            every November"
            (the IO said it with a big smile ) but I think I'll need a passport first!
            Well, you may not need a passport (rather US passport) to leave US. you need it when you want to come BACK to US ;-)

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            • #7
              Hey hey hey..... You can loose your citizenship if you move from US within the 1st 12 months of your naturalization. After that, you are free like a bird.
              I-130 for Mother of USC for CP
              1 Sent 10/01/08
              2 Approved 11/05/08
              3 NVC Case # assigned 11/10/08
              4 DS3032 & I-864 bill sent by NVC 11/17/08
              5 DS3032 returned to NVC 11/20/08
              6 DS230 and biographic docs 12/02/08
              7 Case completed by NVC 12/16/08
              8 Medical 01/19/09
              9 Interview 02/03/09
              10 Visa Received 02/12/2009
              11 Travel to the US 02/28/2009
              14 Green Card Received 03/26/2009

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              • #8
                Are you kidding? Feb2005. come on! Before you became a US citizen, did you lose your citizenship of your original country when you stay in USA or any other country forever?

                Since you became a US citizen, you can stay outside USA as long as your want.

                You could lose your US citizenship if you involve in a foreign military or take a political office under foregin country's rules (not all countries) or became a citizen of another country. (http://www.newcitizen.us/losing.html)
                Center: VSC
                N-400 mailing date: 12/15/2007
                PD: 12/18/2007
                ND: 01/08/2008
                FP: 1/26/2008
                IL recd: 5/5/2008 or 5/6/2008
                Interview scheduled: 06/12/2008 at 11:20 AM
                Oath: 06/12/2008
                Status: Case closed - Completed. Official US citizen.

                Applied for US passport and US passport card: 06/13/2008
                Received US passport: 06/21/2008
                Received US passport card: 08/25/2008

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                • #9
                  That law was repealed in 1986

                  Originally posted by fbanna79 View Post
                  You can loose your citizenship if you move from US within the 1st 12 months of your naturalization.
                  Regards,
                  S K Ghori
                  skg@vex.net
                  http://www.vex.net/~skg/

                  **NOTE**
                  I underwent the immigration process in both Canada and the US. I hold Pakistani, Canadian and US citizenship.

                  **DISCLAIMER**
                  I am neither a lawyer nor an immigration consultant. My comments should NEVER be considered as legal or professional advice as they are not meant to be such.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by fbanna79 View Post
                    Hey hey hey..... You can loose your citizenship if you move from US within the 1st 12 months of your naturalization. After that, you are free like a bird.
                    That was outdated. It had been repealed by Congress long time ago.
                    Center: VSC
                    N-400 mailing date: 12/15/2007
                    PD: 12/18/2007
                    ND: 01/08/2008
                    FP: 1/26/2008
                    IL recd: 5/5/2008 or 5/6/2008
                    Interview scheduled: 06/12/2008 at 11:20 AM
                    Oath: 06/12/2008
                    Status: Case closed - Completed. Official US citizen.

                    Applied for US passport and US passport card: 06/13/2008
                    Received US passport: 06/21/2008
                    Received US passport card: 08/25/2008

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