Asked in Immigration Law

Q: I lived in the us for 5 years and that was 6 years ago now im in egypt, can I apply for a citizenship?

I also wanted to say that's when I was young and my family won the immigration lottery that they do but we also left when we weren't supposed to due to a close one dying.

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Monica E Rottermann
Monica E Rottermann
  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • Santa Ana, CA

A: To qualify for U.S. citizenship you must be a lawful permanent resident for at least five years (3 if married to a U.S. citizen) and have continuously resided in the United States for the past five years. An absence of one year breaks your continuous presence, so no you do not qualify for citizenship. In addition, if you have been outside of the United States for six years on a green card, you could be deemed to have abandoned your residency. You should consult with an immigration attorney.

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