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  • On GC, staying out of USA for more than 6 months

    My parent has got GC through family based priority and can parent stay out of USA morethan 6 months (say 8 months), will there be any implication at POE (by IO)?


  • #2
    They should apply for re-entry permits before departing to lessen the chance of loosing greencard status. A re-entry permit does not preserve residence for naturalization purposes.

    Why do they need to be away so long? If they don't want to live in the U.S. permanently, why did they go to the trouble and expense of obtaining immigrant status?


    • #3
      Thanks BigJoe5, sorry for opening duplicate threads.


      • #4
        How long can I stay outside of US

        Hi everybody,

        I won the lottery and got my GC in August, 2009. I understand that I can apply for citizenship 5 years after I got the GC, if I have stayed in the US for at least 30 months total. Also, each time I leave the US, I can be absent for no more than 6 months at a time, otherwise I have to start the 5 year wait period all over again. Unfortunately, my father, who lives in my home country, fell ill and my family needs me there. So, I have spent 4 months already outside of US. It looks like I'll have to be there for a period longer than 6 months. I'm thinking, maybe I can come back to US before the end of the 6th month, stay in US for a 2-3 weeks and then leave again. Would that work?

        CN: 2009EU000223xx
        Apr 30 '08 DV notification letter
        Nov 21 '08 sent DS-122 form to KCC
        Dec 30 '08 sent $375 to DoS
        Jan 10 '09 second letter from KCC
        Jan 10 receipt from DoS
        Apr 06 medical exam
        Apr 30 sent AOS package to Chicago Lockbox
        May 1 package received
        May 8 check cashed
        May 11 NOA
        May 16 Biometrics Notice
        May 29 Biometrics done
        June 26 EAD card
        June 30 Interview Notice
        July 22 successful Interview
        July 22 CPO
        July 27 Welcome Letter
        Aug 1 GC


        • #5
          Please start your own thread.
          IMPORTANT NOTE: I am a Volunteer Moderator - one of you. I am not a lawyer. So act accordingly.

          PD: 9/12/2000 (EB3/VA/RIR/Canada)
          I-140 RD: 12/22/2000
          I-140 AD: 7/16/2001
          RD: 8/28/2001
          ND: 10/26/2001
          FP1: 1/31/2002
          RFE: 8/2/2002
          RFE RD: 8/28/2002
          TD: 10/22/2002
          FP2: 6/19/2004
          ID: 07/15/2004
          AD: 07/15/2004
          CO: 08/18/2004
          CR: 08/23/2004
          N-400 RD: 05/21/2009
          FP: 06/13/2009
          CFR: 08/05/2009
          IL: 08/21/09
          ID: 10/7/09
          USC: 10/8/09