OK - I put forward the greatest challenge to help all of us LPR/GC holders have the best life possible! Let me put this directly: MANY people on this website HAVE GC, and want to spend time AWAY from the US of A back in home country with family, food. Yes - to put it bluntly MANY want to have their cake-and-eat-it-too! Many want to always keep LPR status - yet spend quality time abroad. Let's brainstorm: How exactly to do that ? RULES: 1..Please also put the percentage probability [in your guess], you think it is likely to work 2.. Also put down your assumptions, because these are not obvious. Examples: ASSUMPTIONSl: For all the examples below, my assumption is that one is travelling back to USA every 6 months, spending 2 weeks OR LESS in USA, then travelliing OUT again for another 6 months. I also assume that one has valid RE-ENTRY permit for 2 years, and it is the first re-entry permit. --- I think getting a RE-ENTRY permit gives one 90% probability of NOT BEING DENIED I think getting RE-ENTRY permit and having own home in USA, that is NOT rented gives one 98% probability of NOT getting denied I think having RE-ENTRY permit AND 'wife & family' in US, gives one 98.5% probability of NOT getting denied I think having RE-ENTRY permit AND house AND wife-in-US-soil gives one 98.6% of not getting denied [and with kids - probably 98.7 % of not getting denied] ! I think having a CONGRESSMAN as a buddy gives one 99% of not getting denied. The President as one's buddy gives one 99.8% of not getting denied ! [OK - sorry to be so far fetched, but at least we can all judge standards here! Also 100% is NEVER possible, NEVER, unless you are citizen!!!] OK - let's get to more realistic examples for people on this board. Because normally one keeps one's family with one; normally one rents out house or gives up home when leaving USA for lengthy times. So WHAT kind of actions can NORMAL people take ? RE-ENTRY permit I believe puts one into the 90%-of-not-getting denied category ! It is fairly cheap [compared to hiring lawyer, buying house etc.] - and FAIRLY guaranteed to be given readily [as long as one has not spent 4 out of 5 years abroad!!] I think this is a gem. I think filing taxes adds a few more percentage points to above; or is 85% on it's own to demonstrate intent to maintain residency. I look forward to all your thoughts. PERHAPS, we can SUMMARISE some of the best, wackiest, greatest, most creative ideas from the "SUM-TOTAL" of postings ever on this board or from anywhere in doing this fun exercise into probabilities [LUCK !] GOOD LUCK !