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Could Permanent residency be maintained while working abroad?

Dearborn, MI |

I am a permanent resident and my company offered me an Expat position. I heard that there is a process or application to maintain legal permanent residency while living and working abroad. I have 2 more years left to get my citizenship.

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Yes, there is an Application to Preserve Residence for Naturalization Purposes. I would advise speaking to an experienced immigration attorney to determine if you qualify for such an application.

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Alexander Joseph Segal

Alexander Joseph Segal


This application exists only in theory as it applies to rather limited number of situation all of which have to either do with military or government related employment.


You should also consider file an application for a reentry permit as this is the best evidence that you did not intend on abandoning your status while you were outside of the U.S.

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Live your 2 more years out in the US, get naturalized then work wherever you want. Alternative - live in a constant concern of loosing your CG.

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