What is Reentry Permit?
Reentry Permit is a document that for permanent residents and conditional permanent residents to apply when they plan to spend more than a year out of the US, or when they need a travel document.
Who should apply for Reentry Permit?
Lawful permanent residents and conditional residents apply Reentry Permits to re-enter the U.S. after spending one year or more outside the US to prevent the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) from relying solely on the duration of absense to determine whether the residents have abandaned their permanent residency.
When to apply for Reentry Permit?
The application of Reentry Permit must be filed while the applicant is physically present in the United States and take the necessary biometrics check.
Benefits and Limits of Reentry Permit:
• The holder of a Reentry Permit may remain outside of the United States for a longer term without coming back to the US and maintain his or her permanent resident status until the expiration of the Reentry Permit. The applicant can depart the US before the Reentry Permit is issued.
• Holding a Reentry Permit does not guarantee that the green card holder can return as a permanent resident. It is still subject to immigration inspection to determine whether the green card holders have abandoned their US permanent residency.
How to apply for Reentry Permit?
The Reentry Permit application should be filed using form I-131 and a copy of your green card with the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).