My grandpa who use to be an immigrant( petitioned by his brother in 90's) took a vacation in Philippines last 2008 and overstayed. His visa is now expired(I dont know whats the term for that). Should my Aunt who is an American citizen should repetition him(1-130)? Or is there any other way to get him back here. How long is the process?
You should definitely consult with an immigration attorney for the particulars. A permanent resident is not regarded as seeking an admission unless he or she has been absent from the
United States for a continuous period in excess of 180 days or has abandoned or relinquished his or her status.
[INA §§ 101(a)(13)(C)(i), (ii).] At the port of entry, a CBP official may accuse a permanent resident of having abandoned his or her status or may question the permanent resident about his or her trips abroad. It is extremely important that the permanent resident answer questions truthfully, as false statements or misrepresentations could not only close off a favorable exercise of discretion down the road, it could also trigger a separate ground of inadmissibility. [It can be argued that a misrepresentation is material only if the lawful permanent resident abandoned his status.]
The permanent resident may have limited access to family members or counsel and will to a large extentbe at the mercy of the CBP officer. The CBP officer may pressure the permanent resident to sign an inaccurate or incomplete sworn statement or “voluntarily” relinquish permanent resident status by threatening him or her with detention or removal proceedings
If the reason he overstayed were for causes outside of his contol such as medical problems, etc. it could be possible to get a permit to enter the United States from the American consulate. This is very difficult. Probably the best chance is for your aunt (his daughter) to file a petition for him, assuming she is over the age of 21.
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