Not by itself.
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She might have broken her continuous residence ... unless you have GREAT documentation of this illness and how the had to re-book their plane tickets, etc.
Talk to an attorney.
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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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It could. They will have to make an argument, and let USCIS decide.
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9 months outside the US could definitely pose a problem for the citizenship application. It is best to consult an immigration attorney.
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Continuous residence may have been broken. You need to make a good argument to avoid this with proof of the mom's illness. Best to hire an immigration attorney to assist you.
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