Re-entry Permit:

Asked almost 2 years ago - Irvine, CA

How long does it take to get one? Can I file it then leave the states, come back for fingerprinting leave again and the lawyer can collect and forward it to me overseas?
What is the validity, is it 2 years from the date of filing or from the date of approval?
Thanks in advance.

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    Answered . About 4 months. You can leave the US and return for the fingerprints. You do not need an attorney to collect it for you. The USCIS will mail it to you overseas.

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    Carl Shusterman, Esq.
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    (213) 394-4554 x0 Mr. Shusterman is a former INS Trial Attorney (1976-82) with over 35 years of immigration... more
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    Answered . The current national processing time for a re-entry permit is about 4 months, but it can take longer depending upon which service center the request filed with and request for evidence. You must be present for biometrics. You should remain the U.S. until you have completed biometrics. Your application can be denied if you depart the U.S. prior to completing biometrics. USCIS recommends the application be filed at least 60 days in advance of the travel. Once biometrics have been completed, you can travel. The re-entry permit can be sent to a U.S. Embassy or Consulate abroad. The re-entry permit is typically good for two years after issuance.

    Wendy R. Barlow, Esq, The Law Offices of Grinberg & Segal, P.L.L.C., 111 Broadway, Suite 1306, New York NY 10006, (... more
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    Answered . I concur with Attorney Barlow.

    NYC EXPERIENCED IMMIGRATION ATTORNEYS; email:; Phone: (866)... more
  4. Answered . I also agree with attorney Barlow. You have to remain in the US until you get that approval or else it will be considered an abandonment of your application.

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