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How can I apply for a re-entry permit virtually due to Covid-19?

I applied for a re-entry permit last year but it was denied. It''s been a year since my last stay in the U.S and I''ve not been able to travel to the U.S due to COVID-19. Are there any possibilities of virtual services and mailing my documents given the emergency situation caused by COVID-19? If there are any solutions, please let me know.

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    Dale Schwartz

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    You must be inside the U.S. when you apply for a reentry permit. You should contact the nearest U.S. consulate or embassy and apply for a returning resident visa. This will get you back into the U.S.

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    Stephen Berman

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    You could try filing an SB-1 returning resident visa application at the U.S. consular office near you.

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    Fredrick W Voigtmann

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    An applicant for a reentry permit must be physically present in the United States on the date the application is received by the USCIS. You cannot apply for a reentry permit from outside of the United States. Your options would be a transportation/boarding letter or an SB-1 returning resident immigrant visa, both of which can be applied for at the U.S. embassy or consular office abroad.

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    Belma Demirovic Chinchoy

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    Reentry permits are not applied for in person; the application is mailed in. But you need to be in the U.S. in order to file the application.

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    Kristal Ozmun

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    You will need to apply for a SB-1 visa to return to the United States as your green card is no longer valid for travel.

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    Lynne Feldman

    Immigration Attorney
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    You might check with the U.S. consulate where you are located and prove why you couldn''t return within the one year.

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    Bernard P Wolfsdorf

    Immigration Attorney
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    The rules require you to be physically present in order to file a reentry permit and the Covid exceptions do not include relaxed rules allowing you to file from abroad.