Below is my situation.
I am on Greencard since last 3.5 years and have not traveled out of the country. I own a house in USA. Because of family situation I had to go to India and am in India since last 2 months. I have started working in India for a software company since about a week. I would like to apply for my US citizenship once I complete my 5 years of stay.
My question is :
Do I have to come back to USA before 180 days so that I do not break my continuous residency?
Or is there a way that I can stay for longer then 180 days and can still be eligible for applying for citizenship after 1.5 years?
USCIS naturalization link (Document Checklist for Form N-400, Application for Naturalization - I cannot post links so am posting the title of the page on USCIS) states that
If you have taken any trip outside the United States that lasted 6 months or more since becoming a Lawful Permanent Resident, send evidence that you (and your family) continued to live, work and/or keep ties to the United States, such as:
An IRS tax return “transcript” or an IRS-certified tax return listing tax information for the last 5 years (or for the last 3 years if you are applying on the basis of marriage to a U.S. citizen).
Rent or mortgage payments and pay stubs.
Is there a way that I can stay for more than 6 months but less than a year and still apply for citizenship?