I m a bit confused with the 4×1 year rule after the issuance of reentry permit-
I understand I have to accumulate 30 months of presence in the US , but does the last year from the reentry count as 12 months credit which would indicate that I would need to stay 6 months and one day in the USA for the next 3 years? Which would do 12 months +18months=30 months .
Some site suggest that after a 2 years reentry permit one must stay 6 months each year for the next 4 years but come up to 24month + 12 months of the reentry permit credit = 36months.
I mean married to someone overseas who had us visa denied and I need to be a citizen to get her to be with me; she is pregnant and I have to abandon her and my baby for this residency requirement she is so mad at me! Please help
This is quite agonizing. Some lawful permanent residents take emotional risks that are unsettling for immigration attorneys.
Many lawful permanent residents risk a decision of abandonment and lose of their green cards if they remain outside the U. S. too long in a given year. This finding can be made a U. S. Embassy or the CBP at a port of entry. Verifying that you have a physical permanent address in the U. S. can complicate matters if you must live outside the U. S. with your wife and children.
In addition, the risk of not being able to comply with the minimum salary to sponsor your family due to the lack of sufficient work can also cause disqualification in the future. There are no easy answers, since it is not only the time that you are in the U. S. but what you have to show that proves that you preserved a permanent residence in the U. S., paid taxes, etc.
This may be more than a numbers game in your attempt to show that you spent more time in the U. S. than abroad during the period required. That is why I strongly recommend an appointment with a competent and experienced immigration attorney. Your reliance on the web can result in confusion, which can have a direct impact upon your status, as well. Good luck.
This is general information, not legal advice, and does not create an attorney client relationship.
It is not from the issuanve of the permit that the time starts running. It is from the day you last returned to the USA from a trip abroad that lasted longer than 180 days.
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Get some good advice or she'll be even more mad at you. The permit does take abandonment off the table... unless you really did abandon of course and went to live abroad rather than have an extended stay. If the two of you are married now, you should file her I-130 petition now, so that you won't have to wait 6 months for it to be approved after you do naturalize. If not yet married, do it the day you get your certificate.
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