I am a US citizen living abroad with my husband in his country. He is a permanent resident of the US, and he applied for a re-entry permit before we came back to his country. It has always been our intention to move back to the US, but we are not quite ready for several reasons. His re-entry permit expires in June of 2010. I am now starting to look into the possibility of getting a Returning Resident visa for him, and I have a few questions. When should we apply for the visa? Should we do it before the re-entry permit expires, or should we wait and do it when we are actually ready to return to the US? He still has plenty of ties to the US: house, bank accounts, bills being paid on time, connections to friends and family, etc. However, I would like more information on the proof that the stay was extended due to circumstances beyond his control. I am working in his country in a field directly related to my degree. Is this enough reason for him to be accompanying me? We are also starting the adoption process of a child in this country. Is that considered a valid reason to stay? We will stay for a while no matter what, but I just want to know what his best chances are of getting back to the US. Thank you!