Although there are some substantive requirements for citizenship, the most important (considered the most complicated) is living in the United States. The general residence of a person is usually called the residence. In other words, a person’s actual place of residence is the place of residence. To apply for U.S. citizenship, a person must be a U.S. resident and must meet certain residency requirements appropriately.
If people were born in the U.S., or their parents were U.S. citizens at birth, they automatically become citizens. If foreigners want to become citizens, it is absolutely possible to go through a process called naturalization, after which they can enjoy the privileges and rights that American citizenship brings.
Requirements for applying for U.S. citizenship:
The basic requirement is that the person must be a green card holder and be at least 18 years old. The requirements related to the residence must be met when applying for citizenship. Under normal circumstances, immigrants must be permanent residents for five years to qualify for citizenship. If you are married to a US citizen, this is three years of permanent residence. It is that the applicant must be married to a U.S. citizen and must live with the U.S. citizen within the last three years of the U.S. citizen’s permanent residence to apply the applicable standards. Applicants must have lived in the same USCIS state or territory where the application was submitted for at least three months. Also, other requirements include good character, a full understanding of English and American history in written and spoken language, and compliance with the US Constitution.
Permanent residents must continue to live and reside in the United States, travel free of charge outside the United States, and return within six months is possible; the continuous residence requirement will be terminated at any time beyond the six months, thus affecting the eligibility for U.S. citizenship. Similarly, the applicant must actually live in the United States for half of the required permanent residence period (5 or 3 years).
If someone has obtained a re-entry permit and leaves the United States for one year or more, the continuous residence will be suspended. If you have a re-entry permit, you can enter the U.S. as a permanent resident, but the time spent in the U.S. before leaving the U.S. will not be counted toward the residency requirement to continue.
It is okay to leave the United States briefly before applying for US citizenship. However, any absence of six months or more can be interpreted as abandonment of residence. If applicants provide sufficient evidence that they do not intend to give up their right of residence in the United States and provide appropriate evidence (such as continuing employment in the United States), they can be exempt from absence from 6 months to one year. Owning a house in the U.S., having a family in the U.S., and filing a tax return to prove that the applicant did not attempt to leave the place of residence
In short, among the requirements that must be met to obtain US citizenship, the residency requirement is the most important. Make sure not to live outside the United States for more than a year to interrupt your continuous residence. Otherwise, the time accumulated before your permanent residence in the United States will be wasted. Only one of these years can be counted as a continuous residence, and you must still stay in the United States for 4 years (or 2 years if you are married to a US citizen) before you can consider applying for US citizenship again.