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The Re-Entry Permit only prevents you from abandonment of Residency. A short trip back to the U.S. every 6 months is what preserves continuity of Residency for Naturalization purposes. So technically, you are supposed to wait 4 years and 1 day after your return from the trip that lasted more than 6 months unless you can prove that you did not interrupt continuity of Residency. Here is an official link to that:
To have the best chance of not losing your money, it is better to wait the 4 years and one day before applying.
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