Sometimes but if you anticipate long trips, this is normally the best way to go: https://www.uscis.gov/n-470
It does not preserve continuous residence, though it is one type of documentation of intent. The purpose of the reentry permit is to serve as a reentry visa for up to 2 years, whereas the Permanent /Resident card serves that purpose for up to 1 year after departure on a temporary visit. I recommend obtaining a reentry permit if the potential temporary travel might last 12 months or more, such as in the case where there is an ill relative that needs to be cared for, or a complicated legal or property transaction that might take months to resolve. It may be recommended if there is temporary employment planned outside the U.S. as well. But the filing fee is $ 445., and it might be an unneeded expense; each case is unique and it is reasonable to seek experienced legal counsel.
Generally, the answer to your question is no. Re-entry permit allows you reside outside the US with prior permission from USCIS. You will still have to meet eligibility requirements to qualify to become a US subject to certain exceptions. Please speak to an immigration attorney in your area.
The quick answer i s no. A re-entry permit is for an absence of over one year. A 6 month absence does not apply at all. In that case all you need is your green card.
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