I am a Green Card holder from 1997. Recently I went to India and returned back after 180 days absence. Whether absence of 1...

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I am a Green Card holder from 1997. Recently I went to India and returned back after 180 days absence. Whether absence of 180 ( 6 months) breaks the period of continuous residence for the purposes of counting the period of continuous for applying for citizenship. I think the absence of more than 6 months alone ( absence of more than 6 months) alone causes break in the period of continuous residence.
09/26/2007   |   Category: Immigration   |   State: Illinois   |   #9079

Answer:

An absence of six months or less does not break continuous residence. An absence of more than six months but less than one year creates a “rebuttable presumption” of abandoning continuous residency for naturalization purposes. The intent underlying the absence is primary in determining abandonment.