Nov 19, 2005, 9:10 AM
Post #49 of 52
I have been a US resident alien for 23 years now, living and working all across the world during this time and the only "hassle" I ever suffered was when I had to fly to New York from Europe and turn around at the airport and fly right back to finish a contract, which had to be prolonged, due to delays, and I have not anticipated that. After that experience, anytime I had doubts that I would want to return to the USA within a year I sent a letter to the INS - before departure - this is crucial - informing them that I might be away for 2 years.
I much prefer that to getting a US citizenship, because it - coupled with residency in the USA - could have resulted in loosing all the privileges of being a EU country citizen. And, believe me, there are FAR MORE important benefits attached to EU citizenship than they are to the US. And being a US citizen now, when the country's government infuriated - or at least disgusted - most of the world opinion - is right out dangerous, if you travel extensively. So don't be too hasty in changing your citizenship to the US one without counting very carefully what you might gain versus what you might loose.
Birgitta had a misfortune of not knowing the rules when she left the USA for longer than a year and loosing her resident alien status - status that carries certain privileges - and, yes, it might be difficult to regain it. But safeguarding the resident status and changing your citizenship are two different things - whith different benefits and inconveniences.
Vivere non est necesse, navigare necesse est!
(This post was edited by MariaLund on Nov 19, 2005, 9:16 AM)