I am concerned about the 2009/2010 trip, you spent more than 6 months outside the country thereby breaking continuous residence
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Count your trips. If they come up to 2.5 years in an aggregate with none running longer than six months, you can apply. Otherwise you have to wait four years and one day.
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I agree with my colleagues
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IF one of your recent trips was for longer than 6 months, I advise you to meet with an attorney before applying. Search for somebody in your area or somebody you are comfortable with. AILA website or AVVO are good sources for good attorneys.
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Your time out of the country should not keep you from citizenship, but I agree with my colleagues, that the time out of country will be a small concern. Find yourself a good immigration attorney to help you through the naturalization process. Because you are over age 55 and you have had green card for more than 15 years, you do not have to take the English test. I do a lot of these up in Cleveland, and I do not think you will have a problem if you learn some of the basic civics.
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I agree with the colleague that saw a problem with your 10/09 to 5/10 trip of more than 6 months.
This will be a problem.
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Trips of more than six months but less than one year are a concern but not necessary a bar to naturalization. Schedule a consultation with an immigration attorney.
Absences from the United States between 6 months and 1 year generally disrupt requirement of continuous residence necessary for naturalization. Therefore, your trip to India over 6 months will be subject to scrutiny.
However, following factors (where applicable) can be used to rebut this presumption and establish continuity of residence: proof that employment in the U.S. was not terminated and that you did not find new employment while in India, proof that your immediate family members remained in U.S. while you were in India, proof that you retained full access to your residence in the U.S., U.S. bank statements and credit cards, U.S. tax returns with U.S. residence on them, proof of U.S. auto insurance, proof of medical or life insurance, house or rent payments for your U.S. residence, U.S. driver’s license, photographs taken while in US, membership in U.S. organizations, U.S. school transcripts. And any other documents establishing ties to the United States.
Thus, as long as you can prove in your N-400 application that you still have employment, residency, immediate family and other ties in the United States, you should overcome the rebuttable presumption of breaking continuous residence.
I strongly recommend to hire an immigration attorney to either represent you, or to at least to review and critique yourN-400 application before submitting it to the USCIS for a better chance of success. Good luck!