If you are a student attending school away from home, USCIS’s policy concerning “residence” might make it easier for you pursue U.S. citizenship.
Among other requirements, a person applying for U.S. citizenship must pursue the application in the “State or [USCIS] District” that has jurisdiction over his or her place of residence, and the person must have resided in that location for at least three months before filing the application. “Residence” means the place where the applicant actually physically lives, without regard to whether they intend to be at that place permanently.
This requirement can make it difficult for people who move frequently, such as students and members of the military, to establish the necessary three months of residence. However, USCIS policy provides some flexibility in determining “residence” for naturalization purposes, in some cases providing applicants with a choice.
For example, students who attend school in a State or USCIS District other than their usual home residence may apply for U.S. citizenship where their school is located or where their usual home residence is located, if the student is financially dependent on his or her parents at the time of filing and during the entire naturalization process.
The Obama administration has been encouraging those eligible to apply for U.S. citizenship in advance of the presidential election in November. Policies such as this make it easier for people who otherwise might have been unable to establish residence necessary to pursue their application.
If you or someone you know is interested in pursuing U.S. citizenship, please contact us.
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