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Im a permanent resident in the USA since 2007 however in 2011 i overstayed in Canada for 8 months because i wanted to spend time with my boyfriend. Before that i finished high school and started college. After i came back to USA i got a job plus i opened up a business. Right now im paying taxes and i live in USA. I would like to get my citizenship as soon as possible however im not sure if just because i overstayed for 8 months in Canada ill be approved. Whats my chances of getting a citizenship?
Response: Unfortunately, your application for naturalization may be denied because your stay in Canada for more six months is presumed to break your continuous residence in the United States making you ineligible for naturalization. As you know, in order to naturalize you must meet continuous residence and physical residence requirements amount other things. You are required to continuously reside in the U.S. for five years before your naturalization. You must also have physically resided in the U.S. for half the time you are required to have continuous residence in U.S. This means that you must be physically present in the U.S. for 30 months. However, you can overcome the presumption of break in continuous residence if you can show any one of the following:
(1) (1)That you did not terminate your employment in the United States or obtain employment while in Canada; or
(2) That your immediate family remained in the United States while you were visiting Canada; or
(3) That you retained full access to your apartment in the United States, that you did not abandon your apartment in the U.S.
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