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  • Maintaining permenant residency.

    In order to maintain my permenant residency how often do I have to come back to the USA, within 6 months or within a year?

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    In order to maintain my permenant residency how often do I have to come back to the USA, within 6 months or within a year?

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    • #3
      Your stay outside USA should not be more than 6 months at a time. In case, you are spending most of time outside USA then INS can refuse you an entry on the basis 'you have no intention to stay here permanently.' If you plan to stay out of USA for a longer time, it is better you apply for reentry permit which can allow you to stay out of USA upto two years.
      Good luck.

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      • #4
        Actually, you can stay abroad up to 1 year, but here is the problem, if you are thinking to become an American Citizen in the future, over 6 month stay won't help you become one, instead, you will have to wait 4 years and 1 month without being abroad over 6 months.
        Let's say you had your green card based on 5 years"for citizen ship", and one day you left the usa for over 6 months, in this case, you won't be able to apply for citizenship by you can still be allowed in the usa. I hope this helps the people who wants to become a usa citizens.

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        • #5
          Actually, a stay of over six months requires you to prove that you did not break your continous residence in the US. (proof that you paid US taxes, maintained a residence in the US, etc.)

          Any trip of 1 year or more, even if you have a re-entry permit, ruins your continous residence for the purposes of naturalization. If you are a green card holder who leaves the US for a year or more, you are eligible for citizenship 4 years and 1 DAY (not 1 month) from the day you return. (remember, you can file your N-400 3 months before you are eligible for citizenship.)

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          • #6
            you are eligible for citizenship 4 years and 1 DAY (not 1 month) from the day you return. (remember, you can file your N-400 3 months before you are eligible for citizenship.)

            But lawyer and INS says 3 months are not at all applicable in this case . this is an EXCEPTION to this Rule.

            What is the lawyer Point of view Here?

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            • #7
              Sorry, I meant 4yrs & 1 day It's my mistake.

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                UNITED NATIONS - Key members of the U.N. Security Council said Wednesday that the United States has so far failed to convince them that time has run out for a peaceful resolution to the crisis with Iraq.


                AP Photo


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                Slideshow: Iraq and Saddam Hussein

                ElBaradei Comments on Security Council Report
                (AP Video)
                Security Council Nations Call For More Time
                (Reuters Video)



                At a crucial council meeting a day after President Bush (news - web sites)'s State of the Union speech, 11 of the 15 members supported giving more time to weapons inspectors to pursue Iraq's peaceful disarmament, council diplomats told The Associated Press.


                Calling for continued inspections were France, Russia and China, which all have veto power, as well as Germany, Mexico, Chile, Guinea, Cameroon, Syria, Angola and Pakistan. Only Bulgaria and Spain backed the United States and Britain in focusing on Iraq's failures rather than the inspections process.


                In Washington, White House spokesman Ari Fleischer (news - web sites) said diplomacy was in its "final phase." Secretary of State Colin Powell (news - web sites) said the United States would try to help find a haven for Saddam Hussein (news - web sites), his family and close aides if he would agree to go into exile.


                "That would be one way to try to avoid war," Powell, who will address the Security Council next Wednesday, said at a news conference.


                State Department officials, however, said an exile scenario was not under serious consideration.


                Saddam, in remarks televised Wednesday in Iraq, was defiant. He said his country "has huge capabilities" and is ready to face a U.S. attack, "destroy it and defeat it."


                "When faced with an attack, we always put in our calculation the worst case scenario and we build our tactics on that," the Iraqi leader told military commanders. "We will have long successive defense lines with continued support of equipment."


                At the daylong Security Council meeting, held behind closed doors, Britain remained squarely in Washington's camp.


                "There are members of the council who are asking for time, but it isn't a matter of time. It's a matter of whether Iraq realizes that the game is up, or whether it is trying to keep the inspectors at bay," British Ambassador Jeremy Greenstock said during a break in the meeting.


                U.S. diplomats had hoped the meeting would signal increased international support for military action in Iraq. But neither the largely negative reports from weapons inspectors on Monday nor Bush's address on Tuesday altered the positions of some of America's key allies, including France.


                "The majority of the council thinks we should continue inspections," said French Ambassador Jean-Marc de la Sabliere. "This is what they think today, and I think it is important to say so."


                Russian Ambassador Sergey Lavrov said Russia wanted "undeniable proof" that Iraq was rearming, and he dismissed reports that Moscow was shifting to a more pro-American stance.


                Still, U.S. Ambassador John Negroponte warned that the "the time for decision-making is fast approaching."


                He said the United States would conduct intense negotiations, both at the United Nations (news - web sites) and between capitals, ahead of the special Feb. 5 council meeting where Powell is expected to present evidence of Iraq's secret weapons programs and links to terrorist groups.


                The foreign minister of Saudi Arabia, Prince Saud, was rushing to Washington to meet with Bush and Powell on Thursday. Bush also planned to meet Thursday with Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi of Italy and on Friday at Camp David with Prime Minister Tony Blair (news - web sites) of Britain.


                Security Council diplomats who spoke on condition of anonymity said the possibility of a second resolution paving the way toward war was being widely discussed. The most likely scenario would set a relatively short deadline for Baghdad to meet certain steps to avert military action, the diplomats said.


                Bush said Tuesday that he would use the "full force and might of the U.S. military" if needed to disarm Iraq.

                Mohamed ElBaradei, the top nuclear inspector in Iraq, disputed other comments Bush made on the inspections, including claims that Iraqi intelligence agents are posing as scientists.

                In a wide-ranging interview with AP, ElBaradei stood by his inspectors' findings that aluminum tubes the Iraqis had tried to import were for rockets and not for a nuclear program, as the president reasserted in his speech Tuesday night.

                "We believe the tubes were destined for the conventional rocket program," ElBaradei said. He said the tubes could be modified for uranium enrichment but that the process would be expensive, time-consuming and detectable.

                In his annual speech, Bush said: "Iraqi intelligence officers

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                • #9
                  War

                  No War

                  War

                  No War...............................................................................>

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                  • #10
                    you are eligible for citizenship 4 years and 1 DAY (not 1 month) from the day you return. (remember, you can file your N-400 3 months before you are eligible for citizenship.)

                    But lawyer and INS says 3 months are not at all applicable in this case . this is an EXCEPTION to this Rule.

                    What is the lawyer Point of view Here?

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                    • #11
                      Mohan

                      Just Like MY q?

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                      • #12
                        you are eligible for citizenship 4 years and 1 DAY from the day you return. (remember, you can file your N-400 3 months before you are eligible for citizenship.)

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                        • #13
                          I had the same question : I had been outside until oct 2000. Prior to that i just lived for about a month in US.But Since Oct 2000 , iam in US continously. so i can apply 4 years and 1 day counting from Oct 2000 or should i wait 5 years counting from Oct 2000? Please advice.

                          Also, can i apply 3 months in advance?

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                          • #14
                            Give Your Green Card Details.Like Dt of Issue.
                            when you went out of usa date wise.then somebody can understand your case & then relpy to you.
                            OK.

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