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A USCIS policy manual update has clarified the effect of long absences from the U.S. on continuous residency.


On February 26, USCIS published an update to the policy manual. The update clarified that applicants absent from the U.S. for more than 6 months but less than a year must overcome the presumption that they have broken the continuity of residence in the U.S. It also clarifies that if continuity of residence is broken, the applicant must establish a new period of residency before applying for citizenship. These requirements already existed but have now been clarified in the policy manual.

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