Filing for a re-entry permit is required for lawful permanent residents (LPRs) who intend to travel outside the US for a year or more. A re-entry permit is needed because the PR card becomes technically invalid if you are not in the US for a year.
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Listed below are a set of issues faced by permanent residents for which an immigration attorney may be required:
Most permanent resident cardholders aiming for naturalization make it a point not to leave the country. But applying for a re-entry permit at least 60 days before you leave allows you to come back in without having to go through the process of getting a returning resident visa at a US embassy or consulate.
File the Form I-131 for a re-entry permit before you go. You do not have to wait for it to be processed as long as your biometrics have been obtained. You can indicate on your application where you will be picking up the re-entry permit. It can be up at any US embassy, consulate or DHS office overseas. If something goes wrong and you end up without a re-entry permit, you will have to get a returning resident visa and then end up in front of an immigration judge. The key at this point is to prove that you had no intention of abandoning your permanent residency status.
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Did you know?
Permanent residents who have applied for citizenship can help immediate family members avoid deportation.
A family member facing deportation can delay it with a voluntary departure application. Once you are naturalized, the family member can apply for permanent residency.