If you are a green card holder who will be abroad for a prolonged period of time, you should plan ahead regarding whether and how to maintain your lawful permanent resident (LPR) status. It’s a myth the you can preserve LPR status just by entering the U.S. once every 6 months and filing U.S. tax returns. Failure to follow the rules could lead to loss of your LPR status through abandonment and to ineligibility for naturalization. Planning ahead can save time, money, and frustration.
Our firm can help with:
- Form I-131, Application for Travel Document (Reentry Permit)
- Form I-131A, Application for Travel Document (Carrier Documentation)
- Form N-470, Application to Preserve Residence for Naturalization Purposes
- Form DS-117, Application to Determine Returning Resident Status (SB-1 returning resident visa)
- Form I-407, Record of Abandonment of Lawful Permanent Resident Status
- Determining whether you are eligible for naturalization
- Gathering evidence of the reasons for and temporariness of your departure from the U.S. and stay abroad
- Planning for what ties to keep in the U.S. while you are gone, what ties to cut, and what ties would be good or bad to establish abroad, such as a home or other real estate, employment, bank accounts, investments, etc.
- Planning for Federal and state tax filing issues such as claiming a foreign-earned income exclusion or filing as a nonresident
If you are at risk of being charged by U.S. Customs and Border Protection with abandonment of LPR status, our firm can help you plan for seeking to reenter U.S., such as:
- Choosing a port of entry
- Deciding whether to enter alone or with others
- Carrying a proper entry document or applying for a waiver
- Carrying evidence for why you departed the U.S. and stayed abroad, as well as of your ties to the U.S., and perhaps a short legal memo from your lawyer
- Answering questions that may be posed to yoAu by the CBP officer
- Anticipating potential problems, such as:
- Secondary inspection
- Deferred inspection
- What if the officer suggests signing Form I-407, Abandonment of Permanent Residence?
- Notice to Appear for a removal (deportation) hearing in Immigration Court
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LPR status can be lost by making a trip abroad that's not "temporary." Learn best practices for keeping your green card and what to do if problems arise.
Contents1. Introduction2. The Judicial Definition of “Temporary”3. Is There a “Return Every 6 Months” Rule”?4. Keeping a Valid Entry Document5. Applying for A Reentry Permit6. Proving Ties to the U.S. Outweigh Ties Abroad7. A Note on Taxes8. What Will Happen in the Airport if the CBP Officer Suspects Abandonment?8. Keep in Mind the Separate Requirements…
Contents1. Introduction1.1 Reasons for Abandonment1.2 Will You Be Eligible for a Nonimmigrant Visa?1.3 Will You Be Eligible to Re-Immigrate In the Future?2. Exit Tax Issues3. Procedures for Voluntary Abandonment3.1 Where to Apply3.2 Completing the Form3.3 Documents Needed3.4 Disposition3.5 Keep a Copy of the I-4074. Conclusion 1. Introduction Form I-407, Record of Abandonment of Lawful Permanent Resident…
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