A green card is not to be used as an insurance policy. It requires that the holder live in the U.S. Prolonged absences without advance permission can result in loss of residency. There is, however, strategic planning available that can avoid such an outcome. This is the type of case that absolutely needs the advice and strategy of an experienced immigration attorney.
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Why do they want a green card if not intent to ever live in the U.S.? Are they doing this for their children? They need to be advised that the green card requires an intent to make this their home. They must enter the U.S. within 6 months of obtaining the Immigrant visa. Thereafter they can apply for a Reentry Permit, be fingerprinted and stay away fro up to two years at a time. they should be counseled though that permanent residents are required to pay taxes on their worldwide income and maintain other indicia of their intent to make this their home.
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There are a few exceptions for preserving green card status while being outside the US, but in general a green card holder must be living in the US or they will risk abandoning their green card status (permanent residency).
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In this setting, I usually advise my clients to explore the possibility of making their spouse/adult child (whoever is ready to move to the U.S. or at least spend a few months per year in the U.S.) the principal investor. Once this relative gets citizenship (approximately, 5 years from the receipt of the initial green card), he or she can easily petition for the client to come and live in the U.S., whenever the client is ready to move.
I will be happy to discuss this further.
Gregory Romanovsky, Esq.
Romanovsky Law Offices
12 Marshall Street
Boston, MA 02108
Steven- they dont have to be in the US at the time of the green card gets approved. They are required to travel to the US, I believe within 4 months after the receive the approval at the consulate. Once they have the green card, they can explore how many months they want to live here. Perhaps a long term B1 or some other visa would suit them more?
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