The continuous residence and physical presence requirements can be a point of confusion for many green card holders when applying for U.S. citizenship through naturalization.
Continuous Residence Explained
Generally, you must have 5 years of continuous residence in the U.S. to become eligible for naturalized citizenship. However, if you are married to a U.S. citizen, the requirement is 3 years of continuous residence (while married to the U.S. citizen spouse). There’s an exception if the spouse is a battered spouse.
Travel outside the United States can disrupt your continuous residence. You should avoid