Hi, I got my GC in 2007 june. I recently returned back to india for good, after applying for a re-entry permit. I had given my friend's address in US, but somehow the REP was lost in mail. I did receive the REP approval notice. Talked to a few customer reps, but they say there is no way to re-issue the permit and that I have to apply again. My dilemna is, I can't spend the time/money to be physically present in US in order to re-apply for the re-entry permit. Questions: 1) Can I apply for the REP (along with the filing fees) WHILE STILL IN INDIA, and attach my REP approval notice and a covering letter mentioning the situation? 2) If this is possible, will I still have to undergo biometrics? Again, is it possible to avoid that altogether, or have that done from india? 3) I'm still undecided whether I may go back to US for long duration in the next 2-3 years, or whether I'll settle down for good in India. Hence the reason I'm pursuing the REP. If I don't have a REP, how many days/months should I be in US every year in order to maintain my Green Card? Is it just a few weeks, or is it 5-6 months every calendar year? (I don't care about messing up any citizenship eligibility rules. My only objective is to continue to have the GC for a few more years). 4) I do have some investments (mutual funds) in US. If I do not pursue REP, do I have to file taxes as Non-Resident next year? thanks for your valuable help.