If you’ve applied for
naturalization, you may be looking forward to taking the final steps to achieve U.S.
citizenship. Until you have taken the Oath of Allegiance, you are still
considered a permanent resident, even if you have submitted your application
for naturalization. Here’s what you should know about traveling
abroad during this period.
Keeping in Touch
It may be unavoidable to travel outside the U.S. while your application
for citizenship is pending. If you need to travel, be aware that you will
need to find a way to keep tabs on the progress of your application. You
may be able to register for updates via email or text message, but if
you have not, you should enlist a trusted friend to check your mail for
updates. You will receive information about your interview and your biometrics
appointments through the mail, so it is important to know when these appointments
are scheduled. Rescheduling or missing your appointments will only delay
If possible, try to schedule your travel after your biometrics appointment
to ensure that you do not need to return from your trip for the appointment.
Some USCIS offices do offer walk-in services, so you may be able to submit
your fingerprints before you leave for your trip.
Maintaining Residence & Physical Presence Requirements
You most likely have met these requirements already if you have applied
for naturalization, but it is important to still meet these requirements
while your application is pending. It can take some time to process your
application, so it is important to ensure that your trips abroad remain
short and that you spend plenty of time in the U.S. while your application
Keep Your Green Card Updated
You will still be considered a green card holder while your application
is pending, so you will need to ensure that you still carry it and it
is renewed as needed. If you travel abroad during this time, you will
be traveling as a green card holder, and not a citizen.
Citizenship is an exciting prospect for any immigrant, and our Philadelphia
immigration attorney is here to help you reach your immigration goals. At the
Law Office of Matthew Archambeault, we are committed to compassionate, experienced legal counsel for all
your immigration needs. With more than 10 years of experience in immigration
law, our team is prepared to address any immigration issue.
initial case evaluation with our firm.
Contact our team by calling (215) 649-7535.