Benefits to a NH who has been removed from the United States can be initiated or resumed
under the removal provisions if acceptable evidence is submitted to establish that
the NH was granted lawful admission for permanent residence (LAPR) status in the United
States subsequent to the removal. (See RS 02635.001D.2. and RS 02635.001D.3. concerning when nonpayment under the removal provisions begins and ends.)
Evidence establishing that a removed alien later became a naturalized U.S. citizen
is also acceptable for this purpose as long as the date permanent residence status
was acquired (prior to the naturalization) is not material to the date of initiation
or reinstatement of benefits. See GN 00303.440 for acceptable evidence of LAPR.
Acceptable evidence of naturalized U.S. citizenship may includes:
U.S. Naturalization Certificate (see GN 00303.300);
U.S. Passport (see GN 00303.300.E).