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How can I travel outside the U.S. as a green card holder?

I applied for a new re-entry permit using form I-131 but my fingerprints were taken from my old application. Will this cause a problem? What is the best way to travel outside the U.S. as a green card holder?

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Belma Demirovic Chinchoy

Belma Demirovic Chinchoy

Immigration Attorneys
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If you have properly filed the Form I-131, you don’t need to worry about how fingerprints are captured. The USCIS decides whether it requires new biometrics or should it utilize the previous ones; an applicant does not have control over this. Green card holders can travel in and out of the U.S. freely; if you stay out of the U.S. for more than 179 days, you will be subject to an admissibility inquiry. You need to have a valid re-entry permit if you stay out of the U.S. for 365 days or more.

Bernard P Wolfsdorf

Bernard P Wolfsdorf

Immigration Attorneys
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You only need the green card to travel outside the U.S. The re-entry permit is only necessary if you plan to be out for an extended period of time, usually over six months.

A Olusanjo Omoniyi

A Olusanjo Omoniyi

Immigration Attorneys
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There should no problem in leaving and entering the U.S. because the USCIS takes fingerprints.

Lynne Feldman

Lynne Feldman

Immigration Attorneys
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You can travel with a valid passport and green card only. If you stay outside the U.S. for more than one year, then a re-entry permit would be needed.

Fredrick W Voigtmann

Fredrick W Voigtmann

Immigration Attorneys
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If the USCIS notified you that an ASC biometrics appointment was not needed because they were able to reuse your biometrics, then it is fine. As long as you have a valid re-entry permit, you can remain outside of the United States. Without a valid re-entry permit, a green-card holder should maintain the intention to permanently reside in the United States and should not be absent for more than 180 days on any single trip abroad.

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