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USCIS, Feb. 26, 2020
"U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is issuing policy guidance in the USCIS PolicyManual to address naturalization applicants’ absences from the United States of more than 6 monthsbut less than 1 year during the statutorily required continuous residence period.
An applicant for naturalization generally must have resided continuously in the United States after hisor her lawful permanent resident (LPR) admission for at least 5 years prior to filing thenaturalization application (residence must continue until the applicant is naturalized. Under the law,an absence from the United States for more than 6 months but less than 1 year during that 5-yearstatutory period triggers a presumption of a break in the continuity of such residence.
This update to Volume 12 of the Policy Manual addresses when an applicant who has broken his orher continuous residence may reapply for naturalization. The guidance contained in the PolicyManual is controlling and supersedes any related prior USCIS guidance.
Volume 12: Citizenship and Naturalization, Part D, General Naturalization Requirements, Chapter 3, Continuous Residence [12 USCIS-PM D.3]."