Has anyone had this problem?
“Applicants who have had the nationality of Mainland China, please provide proof that they have lived in the U.S. for more than 4 years in the old U.S. passport, and also provide documents to prove that the applicant has not returned to Mainland China for more than 30 days each time within 4 years from the day after arrival in the U.S. For example, a certificate of entry and exit records from Mainland China or the date stamp of entry and exit from China stamped on the passport page can be provided. In addition, applicants are requested to clearly list the dates of entry and exit from mainland China, and sign to indicate that they have lived in the United States for more than four years, and each time they have lived in China for four years, they have not returned to mainland China for more than 30 days.”
I was born in Mainland China, and immigrated to the US with my family at a very young age in 1995. The first time my family went back to China to visit was 2004-ish, then again in 2016, and most recently I spent 2 months in 2018 in Shanghai taking Mandarin classes. From that translated quote, I think I still qualify – I have lived in the US for more than 4 years, and in the first 4 years after moving to America I have not spent any time in Mainland China.
I have no idea how to prove this though. My current US passport was issued in 2011, but of course one can have US citizenship without living in the US. I can also show the dates in 2018 and 2016 I entered and exited China, but have no recollection of 2004 and no way to prove it. I have an apartment lease signed in 2013, but not much else. In my experience utility bills don’t get archived online that far.
Has anyone encountered something like this? Do you have any advice for me?