What is the penalty for a permanent resident if the person abandons the us residency?

Asked 3 months ago - Dallas, TX

Abandoning permanent residency

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  1. Lawrence Emilio Moscoso

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    Answered . No real penalty, only you can no longer live/work in the US. You can always re-apply for residency. I would strongly encourage the person considering abandoning their residency to consult an immigration attorney to see if they have other alternatives.

  2. F. J. Capriotti III

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    Answered . There's no penalty, per se.

    You just need a visa if you want to come back to visit, etc.

    PROFESSOR OF IMMIGRATION LAW for over 10 years -- This blog posting is offered for informational purposes only. It... more
  3. Morrie Pour Nourian

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    Answered . Once you abandon your residency you can not enter the US unless you obtain a visa, you no longer can qualify for citizenship, and in most cases taxes paid if employed will not go toward your retirement as part of SS, and if in US you must leave before being subject of deportation and getting a 10 years bar from re entering.

  4. Angelique Giselle Montes

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    Answered . The "penalty" is that you will no longer be a lawful permanent resident, and unless you qualify under a different immigration benefit, then the only other option is temporary trips to the US on a visitor visa if you are approved for a visitor visa.

    Angelique Montes, Esq., Immigration Attorney of Montes Law Firm, PLLC in Houston, Texas. This is not legal advice... more
  5. Yaniv Lavy

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    Answered . Hello. A permanent resident who abandoned his residency may lose his right to permanently leave and work in the US. You contact a US Immigration Lawyer to evaluate your options if you want to avoid losing your green card.

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