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Hello-

I have lived in the U.S. and been a permanent resident since 1984 (when I was 4 years old). Now I am in grad school. I am applying for U.S. citizenship. The question I have is that I was out of the U.S. for longer than six months but less than a year in 2002-2003 (324 days). I was working in Japan on an educational exchange. Is it worth applying now or will they deny my application?

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It is worth it to try. Trips of more than 6 months but less than a year do not automatically disqualify you from applying - only trips of more than a year do. They may ask you for proof you did not abandon your residence here - like a bank account and documentation of the reason you stayed out so long.


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