Can I travel during the pendency of my N-400, Application for Naturalization?

Question: I have been a long-time permanent resident and filed an N-400, Application for Naturalization. I now need to travel internationally, but I do not want my travel to negatively impact the processing of my application. Is it a problem that I leave the United States during the pendency of my N-400?

Answer: Thank you for question. Generally, brief travel while your naturalization applicant is pending will not result in abandonment or denial. However, you still need to comply with the continuous residence and physical presence requirements. For example, an absence of 6 months to one year raises a rebuttable presumption that continuity of residence has been interrupted. Factors that may be considered when establishing continuity of residence include: (1) maintaining employment, (2) presence of immediate family in U.S., (3) full access to home in United States, and (4) avoiding employment abroad. Remember, the burden of establishing residency, including issues of abandonment, rests on the applicant.

Brief trips outside the United States should not be an issue for you, but always be conscious of the length of your trips. If you need any additional information, please feel free to contact us at the office.