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Hello Ajay,

I have been a Permanent Resident since May 2008, however several months later I enrolled in graduate school in Europe which I have since completed.
While I was in Europe, I returned home numerous times for holidays and breaks, but I have a long absence of 6 months and 4 days when I was writing examinations and doing research in Africa for my dissertation.
I am wondering if this 4 days excess affects my continuos residency requirement for Naturalization application, even though I meet the physical presence requirements. Or is there a grey area in this law, since my wife was still in the country and I maintained a bank account and apartment.

Gracias!

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Hi,

It appears that the naturalization application can be successfully filed, since you continued to maintain your residence in the U.S. during the absence which lasted between 180 days and 365 days. General information about naturalization is here: http://h1b1.com/citizenship.htm

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Ajay K. Arora

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I can answer your questions on employment and family-based U.S. Immigration Law. Expertise in various immigration categories includes the following: H-1B, L-1, O-1, PERM (labor certification), EB-1 to EB-3 I-140 employment-based immigrant petitions, family or fiance(e) or spousal sponsorship, visa extension or change of status, adjustment of status, naturalization (citizenship), etc.

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Ajay K. Arora attended Pennsylvania State University and the University of Wales at Swansea (United Kingdom), and earned his law degree at Temple University School of Law, Philadelphia, in 1993. Mr. Arora has practiced Immigration Law since graduation and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association since 1995.

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Ajay K. Arora attended Pennsylvania State University and the University of Wales at Swansea (United Kingdom), and earned his law degree at Temple University School of Law, Philadelphia, in 1993. Mr. Arora has practiced Immigration Law since graduation and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association since 1995.

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