My elderly retired parents have been in USA on/off since Oct. 29th 2006 (Green Card issue date). Most of their trips outside the US are during the winter for less than 6 months, but once in 2010/11 they stayed out for nine months due to my grandmother’s illness. Now they are thinking to apply for Naturalization (US Citizenship). Will these 9 months absent from US prevent them to apply for citizenship? Please advice!
Presumptively, a trip outside the U.S in excess of 6 months breaks the continuity of one's residence. Thus, the burden would be on your parents to establish that they did not break the continuity of their residence. This is done on a case by case basis depending on the facts. Consult with an experienced immigration attorney who can review the and recommend the best way to proceed.
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