Should I Stop Traveling Outside?
It depends on what you are trying to accomplish. I always advise my clients not to leave while any immigration application is pending. While we may be overly cautious, we look out for the client’s best interest. The immigration process is lengthy, expensive and exhaustive. I would hate if one my client’s application was deemed abandoned because US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) saw that they left the country.
If you are a Legal Permanent Resident then our advice would be to limit your international travel to less than 180 days out of the year. The reason is USCIS may claim that because you spend half of your time outside the USA then you don’t want to be a “permanent” resident. While it is silly we have to play by their rules. Also if you want to apply for citizenship, USCIS will look at your past five years and make sure that you spend at least half of that time in the USA.
Now let’s pretend you have to travel outside the country for an emergency or something of great importance. There is a re-entry permit that if granted could allow you back into the country without your application being deemed abandoned or without any consequence to your green card.
Talk to an us to know what travel length may spell troubles for your particular case.
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