My wife is a green card holder (from Japan). We currently live in the US with our 2 kids, but I'm considering taking a position abroad (also in Japan) which would involve moving the whole family there for probably several years at least.
Reading online forums, the consensus seems to be that she will lose her green card by living outside of the US for such a long period.
My question is this: What is the best way to handle her green card situation so we don't hurt our ability to move the whole family back to the US at some future point.
Thanks in advance!
Move to Japan after she is a US citizen is the best choice.
Filing re-entry permits to preserve residence for long absence outside the US is next.
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How long has she been a green card holder?
Re-entry in your case may not work if the intention is to move permanently and which is apparent from your fact pattern.
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You may move without constraints if she is a
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