A lawful permanent resident (LPR) normally may travel outside the United States and return; however, there are some limitations. A reentry permit can help prevent two types of problems:
- Your Permanent Resident Card becomes technically invalid for reentry into the United States if you are absent from the United States for 1 year or more
- Your U.S. permanent residence may be considered as abandoned for absences shorter than 1 year if you take up residence in another country
A reentry permit establishes that you did not intend to abandon status, and it allows you to apply for admission to the United States after traveling abroad for up to 2 years without having to obtain a returning resident visa. Reentry permits are normally valid for 2 years from the date of issuance.
How do I get a reentry permit?
To obtain a reentry permit, file Form I-131, Application for Travel Document. You should file this application well in advance of your planned trip. Call us to discuss your case and we’ll assist you with your application.
Contact us to discuss your case and we will assist you with your application.