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My main concern is that i took a trip for 9 months once in the last 5 years, and i am wondering how it will affect my application
Response: Absence of more than six months, but less than a year will be considered as having disrupted the continuous residence requirement. However, you can overcome this burden by providing evidence that you did not disrupt your residence--that you infact maintained your residence in the United States. The evidence may include but limited to the following:
By showing that during your absence from the United States that (1) you did not terminate your employment in the United States or obtain employment while abroad; (2) your immediate family remained in the United States; (3) you retained full access to your home in the United States.
You absence of nine months however will not disrupt the physical presence requirement because you are only required to show that you have been physically present in the United States for 30 months (2.5 years) since obtaining your Green Card.
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