If you have an application for permanent residency pending, you need to be cautious when traveling outside the country. I recommend to my clients not to leave the country while your immigration status is pending. The reason is because immigration could deem that you abandoned your application when you left the country. Obviously this wasn’t the immigrant’s intent however US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) may deem it abandoned.
If you have already received your permanent residency then It does not restrict you from traveling to any other country. Spending extended periods outside or failure to submit re-entry proof may go against you when applying for citizenship. Get in touch with an expert Houston immigration attorney if you are likely to face an issue due to traveling outside too frequently.
Traveling Impact on Legal Permanent Residents
Traveling and spending an extended period of time outside the USA can make an application for citizenship a little bit more difficult. Here are a few recognized travel conditions that may impact a Legal Permanent Resident.
- Being outside the USA for 6 months, USCIS may deem you abandoned your permanent resident status
- If you are absent for more than a year, the USCIS may cancel your permanent resident status.
- Any foreign stay beyond two years even makes re-entry permits invalid. A returning resident visa is the only option.
If you have a green card, you must be mindful of not staying too long on foreign soil. It may cause your green card to become annulled. Consult a professional immigration attorney to know how travel can affect your immigration status.
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