was born in Guatemala, but became a naturalized U.S. citizen 11 years ago.
However, I went back to Guatemala to live seven years ago. Have I lost my U.S.
citizenship by staying away so long?
A person can’t lose citizenship solely by living outside of
the United States for a long time. Making one’s home in another country is a
much bigger issue for people who haven’t yet naturalized, but still have a U.S.
green card; they can be found to have “abandoned their U.S. residence,” and thus
be refused reentry to the United States. (For details, see the article, “Keeping
Your Green Card After You Get It.”)
With a few exceptions, anyone with U.S. citizenship will retain
it for life. The exceptions include when one of the following takes place:
So, unless something on the above list fits you, the fact
that you are living in another country should not affect your status as a U.S.
citizen. If you are still in doubt as to your status, consult an experienced
U.S. immigration attorney.