Maintaining Permanent Residence

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Permanent Residence can be revoked before naturalization. You may lose your permanent residence if you violate certain laws. You may also lose your permanent residence if you are considered having abandoned your status.

You may be found to have abandoned your permanent resident status if you:

  1. Move to another country intending to live there permanently
  2. Remain outside of the United States for more than 1 year without obtaining a reentry permit or returning resident visa. However, in determining whether your status has been abandoned, any length of absence from the United States may be considered, even if less than 1 year
  3. Remain outside of the United States for more than 2 years after issuance of a reentry permit without obtaining a returning resident visa. However, in determining whether your status has been abandoned any length of absence from the United States may be considered, even if less than 1 year
  4. Fail to file income tax returns while living outside of the United States for any period
  5. Declare yourself a “nonimmigrant" on your tax returns

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