Once you get your Green Card, you are officially a U.S. Lawful Permanent Residence (LPR). This is a crucial step for your immigration history, that can lead to U.S. citizenship after an eligible period of time.
As a U.S. LPR or citizen, you are allowed to travel abroad. However, you are expected to return in the U.S. within one year. Otherwise, you will lose your permanent status.
Nevertheless, if this happens, you can still re-enter the U.S.
If you already know that you are going to spend more than one year outside the country, you need to apply for a Re-entry Permit. This will be valid for two years. If you are still unable to go back after this time, you must apply for an SB-1 Visa.
How can IAS help with your Returning Resident Visa?
If you wish to re-enter the U.S. as a Returning Resident, you must provide sufficient evidence of the reasons for your absence. If you fail to prove why you spent more than two years abroad, the USCIS will deny your permit.
Our team of immigration attorneys can help you prepare adequate documentation to support your case. With our service, you will be able to submit a successful portfolio of documents, maximizing your chances to get your visa.
Based on your circumstances, we can also evaluate the best strategy for you to re-enter the U.S. and obtain your status as an LPR or citizen again.
Get in touch today with our team of IAS’ immigration lawyers. You can call us on +1844 290 6312.