So what can you do? You will need to either spend more than 180 days out of every 12 months inside the U.S. or you will need to file for a Re-Entry Permit that will allow you to stay outside for up to 2 years and not lose Residency status. If you need more time, you come back, apply for another Re-Entry Permit and then you can leave for two more years.
ALSO, if you are going to maintain Residency AND continuity of Residency for Naturalization, then you will need to do BOTH:
1) Get the Re-Entry Permit, AND
2) Come back to the U.S. for a short time before 180 days have passed by.
If you do BOTH, then when you come back finally to live in the U.S. and you have 30 months of physical presence in the U.S. (18 months of physical presence if still married to a U.S. Citizen), then you can finally apply for U.S. Citizenship.
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