What do you need to do to keep your green card? Before answering, some history is in order. If you looked at our website, you can see that we try to have a lot of educational articles. These articles cover every aspect of US immigration. In looking over them, I noticed that we have many articles on the ways that you can get lawful permanent residency (LPR), a green card. But, we had little or nothing on maintaining your LPR status.
Keep Your Green Card – Know The Rules
To fix that problem, we recently added three new articles to the website. If you’re interested in learning about this issue, we have a general article on how not to lose your green card through abandoning it. This article goes over the various things people do, or failed to do, such that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will challenge that person’s LPR status.
Once you know the rules so that you can maintain your status, you will see that one of the most common ways of losing your LPR status is by abandoning it. The classic way that this happens is by leaving the United States and remaining outside of the US for too long. Given this common problem, we offer two articles regarding it.
DHS Alleging Abandonment? All Is Not Lost
As a lawyer, I think it is always best to avoid a problem versus fixing it. If you subscribe to this philosophy, then you will want to read our reentry permit article. These permits are very handy for avoiding DHS’s charge that you have abandoned your residency. If you only discover this too late, and you have been out of the United States for too long, we also have an article on the returning resident visa. This visa can get you back into the United States. To use it, you must have a good reason for staying out of the US too long.
We Can Help
If you are in trouble with DHS, or suspect that you might be, for abandoning your LPR status, it would be a good idea to get some professional advice. Please contact us or book a strategy consultation.