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How can I travel back to the U.S. without a re-entry permit after being outside the country for over six months?

I obtained my green card through the EB-5 program. I had been outside the United States for more than six months. I did not apply for a re-entry permit before I left, but I have a round trip ticket. I plan to return in another 3 months. Will there be issues when I try to enter the border?

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    Bernard P Wolfsdorf

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    If you have a green card and you have been out less than one year, you should be readmitted without a problem, unless you no longer live in the U.S. You may be required to explain the reason for your extended absence.

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    Charles Foster

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    You could be questioned about whether you abandoned your residency, but you can overcome that with your explanation, the evidence of your ties to the U.S., and U.S. IDs in your billfold or purse.

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    A Olusanjo Omoniyi

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    You should be able to re-enter with your permanent resident card. Typically, you have to be outside the U.S. for more than a year before the issue of re-entry permit comes in.

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    Ed Beshara

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    If you do not have a re-entry permit, you can still attempt to re-enter the U.S. It would be advisable to bring with you documentary proof of your binding ties to the U.S.

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    BoBi Ahn

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    For any travel of over one year, there is an assumption of abandonment of permanent residency in the U.S.

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    Lynne Feldman

    Immigration Attorney
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    If you are outside the country for less than a year, it should not be a problem to enter with your permanent residency card.

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