Permanent Residents may use their Permanent Resident Card (Green Card) to reenter the United States after a temporary trip abroad as long as they seek to enter the United States within one year of their departure. If the Permanent Resident’s trip is longer than one year the Permanent Resident Card (Green Card) by itself is insufficient for entry into the United States. The Permanent Resident must either apply for a “special immigrant visa” at a Consulate Office abroad prior to reentry or apply for a Reentry Permit prior to their departure. The reentry permit is usually valid for two years. Please note that the reentry permit does not guarantee admission into the United States. However it does certify that the U.S. Government accepted the Permanent Resident’s trip as temporary. Therefore, a Permanent Resident with a reentry permit will not be deemed to have abandoned their status solely based on the duration of the absence while the reentry permit is valid.
The Reentry Permit application must be filed while the Permanent Resident is in the United States and the Permanent Resident must be present in the United States to give his Biometrics (finger print) at scheduled time, at a local Application Support Center. It is possible to request that the Biometrics Appointment be expedited if valid reasons exists for such expedition.
The following is the attorney’s fee that the Law Office of William Jang, PLLC charges for a typical case of this type when filed in the United States at the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (US CIS) (please read the disclaimer on this page) and the filing fee currently charged by US Citizenship and Immigration Service (US CIS):
- $ 350.00 attorney’s fees (expedition fee $250.00 more if applicable)
- $445 .00 US CIS filing fee for the main petition
The Law Office of William Jang, PLLC has extensive experience representing individuals obtain Reentry Permit. Please see a sample of approved cases.
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