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Form N-470

Form N-470, Application to Preserve Residence for Naturalization Purposes, is a form used by certain U.S. lawful permanent residents who need to remain outside the United States for an extended period due to specific employment-related reasons. This form helps protect their continuous residence status required for naturalization. By filing Form N-470, eligible green card holders working abroad can ensure that their time spent outside the U.S. does not negatively impact their ability to apply for U.S. citizenship in the future.

What is Form N-470 Used For?

Form N-470 is used by U.S. lawful permanent residents to preserve their continuous residence for naturalization purposes while they are employed abroad by the U.S. government, a U.S. research institution, a U.S. corporation engaged in foreign trade, or certain international organizations. It ensures that the time spent outside the U.S. for these specific purposes does not break the continuous residence requirement for naturalization.


How Much Does N-470 Cost?

The filing fee for Form N-470 is $355. Unless you qualify for a fee waiver, this fee must be submitted with the application.


What Happens if I Stay More Than 12 Months Outside the U.S. with a Green Card?

If you stay outside the U.S. for more than 12 months with a green card, you may be considered to have abandoned your residency unless you have a reentry permit. This could lead to loss of your permanent resident status and difficulty re-entering the U.S.


Can You Apply for Citizenship After a Reentry Permit?

Yes, you can apply for citizenship after returning to the U.S. with a reentry permit. However, you must still meet the continuous residence and physical presence requirements for naturalization, which the reentry permit does not automatically preserve.


How Long Does It Take to Get a Reentry Permit in 2024?

The processing time for a reentry permit in 2024 is typically around 4 to 6 months. This time frame can vary based on the USCIS workload and the completeness of your application.


What is Proof of Petitioner's U.S. Citizenship?

Proof of the petitioner's U.S. citizenship can include documents such as a U.S. passport, a certificate of naturalization, a certificate of citizenship, or a certified birth certificate showing birth in the United States.


Can Refugees Get U.S. Citizenship?

Yes, refugees can apply for U.S. citizenship. After being admitted to the U.S. as a refugee and residing in the U.S. for one year, they can apply for a green card. After holding a green card for five years, they can apply for naturalization, provided they meet all other eligibility requirements.


How Long Can Immigrants Stay Outside the United States?

Immigrants with a green card can stay outside the United States for up to 12 months without a reentry permit. However, trips longer than 6 months may disrupt continuous residence requirements for naturalization unless a Form N-470 has been filed and approved.


How Much is the Current U.S. Citizenship Fee?

The current fee for filing Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, is $725. This includes a $640 application fee and an $85 biometric services fee.

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