My parents got Green card under F3 category(married sons and daughters of U.S citizens). They came to US received the Card and SSN, now they are planning to go back to India because of my brothers studies. My question is how long can they stay outside the US or how frequently they have to travel to US in order to maintain their Green Card.
If you want to maintain your permanent residence, you should be living in the U.S. and be physically presence in the U.S. at least 50% of the time.
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I agree with my colleagues. They need to be in the U.S. at least 50% of the time. However, other factors may be considered in abandonment cases, so you may want to consult with an immigration attorney to ensure that your parents are otherwise maintaining sufficient ties to the U.S. They should also be aware that even if they may get to keep their green card, staying outside of the U.S. for too long may make them ineligible for citizenship. This an often overlooked factor that should be considered.
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