will several trips within one year outside the US that last more than 90 days but less than 180 days affect my application? For example, Leaving US 01.03-03.30 taking another trip 04.03-05.03 than another trip 05.15-08.14 and a few more from 08.24-11.30 and 12.05-12.27.
We live with my in-laws have US bank accounts but have been traveling a lot this past year. In 2009 I was outside the US for 12 days in 2010 for 14 and in 2011 for 31 days. I did not file N-400 after three years. It has been four years since I got my green card and want to file now. Will this past year affect my application?
You can still file, provided you have accumulated 50 percent of continuous presence, which is in your case one year and six months
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Despite the frequent short trips, if you meet the continuous residence and physical presence requirement you are good to file.
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Trips that do not exceed six months do not themselves cause issues with the naturalization filing. The aggregate amount of time you've been outside the U.S. in comparison to when you became an LPR and when you're filing for citizenship will be analyzed. You must be physically present in the U.S. for at least half the time. Your best avenue is to retain counsel to review your trips and make the determination, advise you for future trips while the application is pending and to attend the examination itself with you.
There are several physical presence and residence requirements for US citizenship
1. 1/2 half plus one day of the time of statutory period mus be spent in the US
2. no absences over one year
3. absence over six months are a presumption that you abandoned residence
4. 90 days in the jurisdiction of the immigration office having jurisdiction over the place of your application prior to filing