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Dear Sir,

       I have 2 questions.

1. I came to US first on sept 19 2000 as a permanent resident and went back on oct 15 2000 to complete my studies in india but I filed for renetry permit before leaving which got approved till March 2003. I used the reentry permit to enter US on Oct 27 2002. Now, I have been a permanent resident for close to 7 years but can I apply for US naturalization/citizenship now or do I have to wait till oct 28th 2007?

2. Can I file N-400 for US naturalization and leave US for a short visit? Thanks.

Kartik

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Hi Kartik,

You can file N-400 up to 3 months before Oct. 28, 2007. In other words, it is OK to file now (August, 2007). The N-400 will not be approved prior to Oct. 28, 2007 (but the processing time will take longer than that anyway, as nobody expects approval of N-400 in a couple of months). You can also depart the U.S. anytime, but do keep any visits under 6 months.

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Ajay K. Arora, Esq.
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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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