My husband had been out of the country for 2 years due to family emergencies that had to be taken care of, and consequently lost his legal resident status, but now wants to rejoin us in the States. What other options exist to bring him over again? i-130?
If you are a US citizen, you can sponsor him for a new green card.
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If he abandoned his lawful permanent resident status and was ordered deported then that would trigger a 10 year bar to reentry and he would need a waiver. Your question is lacking some key facts which are necessary to provide a complete answer. Consult an excellent immigration lawyer who can analyze the facts and provide you options. Also an immigration attorney may be able to help you fight the abandonment finding if he really did not abandon ; there may or may not be some way to do that depending on the procedural history of the case.
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If the only problem was his abandoning his status by staying abroad too long, then if you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident you can file a new I-130 for him ands start the process for him to apply for an immigrant visa.
New I-130. Good luck!
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I would speak to an attorney as soon as practicable. As one of my colleagues has stated, if abandonment of residency is the only issue then you may be able to reapply on his behalf, but I would engage a local attorney, either myself or one of my colleagues around the area, to help you with the application.
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