I'm an LPR and would like to spend 16 consecutive months in my home country. What application do I have to fill out to request permission to stay overseas without jeopardizing my LPR status? Also, I have been told that now, USCIS is allowing LPRs to remain outside the U.S for up to 3 years, is this true?
If you plan on being absent from the United States for longer than a year, it is advisable to first apply for a reentry permit on Form I-131. Obtaining a reentry permit prior to leaving the United States allows a permanent or conditional permanent resident to apply for admission into the United States during the permit’s validity without the need to obtain a returning resident visa from a U.S. Embassy or Consulate abroad. Please note that it does not guarantee entry into the United States upon your return as you must first be determined to be admissible; however, it will assist you in establishing your intention to permanently reside in the United States.
6 months is the most you can be absent safely.
Do not believe the rumors you have heard about being able to use a re-entry permit for 24 months ... there are great risks with doing it that way ... especially if you have only recently become an LPR.
There is no such thing as a 36 month permit.
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