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How long is a re-entry permit valid for?

I submitted my I-829 application and got the I-829 receipt which is valid for 1 year. Now I need to travel outside the U.S. for more than 1 year. Can I get a re-entry permit (I-131) that is valid for 2 years or longer?

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    A Olusanjo Omoniyi

    Immigration Attorney
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    Yes, you can seek a re-entry permit, but if it is granted, usually it will only last for two years.

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    Bernard P Wolfsdorf

    Immigration Attorney
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    No, they will only approve for the period up until the receipt expires, or if you have a temporary green card stamp, until that date.

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    Daniel A Zeft

    Immigration Attorney
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    No. Only U.S. permanent residents can obtain a re-entry permit.

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    Julia Roussinova

    Immigration Attorney
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    A re-entry permit is generally valid for two years. If your I-829 is pending, USCIS will likely give you a shorter duration for a re-entry permit based on the extension of status it gives you as per I-829 receipt notice, i.e., one year in your case. You will need to come back to the U.S. to renew it before its expiration and have biometrics completed before you can travel abroad. You can request it be mailed to a designated consular post where you can pick it up.

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    Charles Foster

    Immigration Attorney
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    It will be issued valid for two years twice, and after that, only for one year at a time.

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    Lynne Feldman

    Immigration Attorney
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    Yes, if you have been out of the U.S. less than five years from the date you became a conditional resident.

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    Hassan Elkhalil

    Immigration Attorney
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    No. Even if you get the travel document for more than two years, it will be valid only as per the I-829 receipt notice, i.e., one year.

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    Marko Issever

    EB-5 Broker Dealer
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    The re-entry permit will be valid for two years. If you need to stay longer than two years abroad, you will need to re-apply for a new re-entry permit.

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    BoBi Ahn

    Immigration Attorney
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    Re-entry permits are issued for a two-year period. If necessary, you can renew for another two years, but you will need to return to the U.S. to file for a renewal and then depart again.

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    Fredrick W Voigtmann

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    A re-entry permit is normally valid for two years, but if your I-829 is pending, it is likely that USCIS will continue to give you shorter validity periods until the I-829 is approved. There is no statutory or regulatory authority for them to do this, but such is their policy.

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