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How long can a US citizen stay abroad?

Discussion in 'Life After Citizenship' started by Feb2005, Jun 10, 2008.

  1. Feb2005

    Feb2005 Registered Users (C)

    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!
  2. xenogear

    xenogear Registered Users (C)

    forever :) you will not lose ur citizenship even if you move to a different country
  3. Feb2005

    Feb2005 Registered Users (C)

    Great! Thanks for the info. :)
  4. N400Atl

    N400Atl Registered Users (C)

    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.
  5. danny1968

    danny1968 New Member

    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! :D
  6. N400Atl

    N400Atl Registered Users (C)

    Well, you may not need a passport (rather US passport) to leave US. you need it when you want to come BACK to US ;-)
  7. fbanna79

    fbanna79 Registered Users (C)

    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.
  8. saf

    saf Active Member

    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)
  9. Triple Citizen

    Triple Citizen Registered Users (C)

    That law was repealed in 1986

  10. saf

    saf Active Member

    That was outdated. It had been repealed by Congress long time ago.

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