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How can a U.S. permanent resident apply for a re-entry permit?

I received my U.S. permanent residency through the EB-5 program. Currently I am outside the United States and have limited days off from my job in the foreign country (Pakistan). What is the most convenient way to apply for a re-entry permit? Can I apply for it from Pakistan? If not, then can my brother in the United States mail my application to USCIS, I come to the U.S. later for biometrics, and then I return immediately to Pakistan? How much time does it take from applying for the re-entry permit until biometrics?

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    Julia Roussinova

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    You must apply for a re-entry permit inside the United States. On average it is about one to one and a half months to receive a biometrics notice once your application is received by USCIS. You can wait for biometrics after you have filed, or you can make a second trip for biometrics. You can have a re-entry permit mailed to you after your application is approved.

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    Ed Beshara

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    An experienced EB-5 immigration attorney will be able to advise you. It is advisable not to spend more than six months out of the United States. If you return to the United States after more than six months away, the U.S. immigration inspectors may make the presumption that you have abandoned your permanent residency unless you can show binding ties to the United States, such as bank accounts, the filing of a tax return, home or land ownership, etc. The re-entry permit will show your continued intent to be a U.S. permanent resident even if you are away from the United States for more than six months.

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    Fredrick W Voigtmann

    Immigration Attorney
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    A lawful permanent resident must apply for a re-entry permit in the United States. You cannot apply from another country. The time from re-entry permit application filing to the biometrics appointment is about one month. You could stay and wait, or make a second trip back for the biometrics.

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    John J Downey

    Immigration Attorney
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    You should contact an immigration attorney. You have a permanent resident status. If you remain outside the United States for significant periods of time, your intention to become a resident may be challenged at the port of entry. This could result in the loss of your status.

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    Lynne Feldman

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    You must be on U.S. soil to apply and have your biometrics done here, and then you can leave and your brother can mail the final permit to you. Be sure to continue to pay U.S. taxes on your worldwide income even if not here.

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    Dale Schwartz

    Immigration Attorney
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    You must be inside the United States to apply for a re-entry permit. And you have to stay here long enough to have a fingerprint appointment (usually 2 - 4 weeks). Once the application is filed, you can leave the United States.

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    Michael A Harris

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    You will have to be within the United States when you apply for the re-entry permit. You may then seek to have it delivered to you overseas.

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    Jinhee Wilde

    Immigration Attorney
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    The re-entry permit must be made while you are in the United States. You then need to stay for 3 - 4 weeks until your biometrics could be taken before you could leave. You do not have to be in the United States until your application is approved.

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    Gregory Romanovsky

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    Unfortunately, you must be physically present in the United States at the time your re-entry permit application is submitted. Then, in about 1 - 1.5 months, you will have to appear for your biometrics appointment. And then you can leave and wait for your brother to receive your re-entry permit and forward it to Pakistan for you.

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