Oh, yes, that is indeed a "problem". Please stop posting on a public forum such as this and seek to meet with a local immigration lawyer in person.. Forget citizenship; your wife seems to have "lost" or "abandoned" her green card status with her prolonged absence (1 whole year!) from the US, UNLESS obtained a Reentry Permit PRIOR to her departure, which I doubt. Once returned to USA, she will need to wait for 4 years and 1 day before being eligible to file for N-400 again.
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Yes, that's a problem. Schedule a consultation with an immigration lawyer as soon as you can. There are many good ones here in NJ.
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Most certainly as her requisite eligibility of continuous physical presence has been severed by a year long absence from the United States. She will need to acquire a new residence requirement starting from the time of that year long disruption.
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