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How long can I stay outside the country if I have a 10 years green card?Can be 10 months?Thanks.

Santa Clara, CA |

I would like to stay away for 10 or 12 months.Is that possible?How?Do I have to inform someone?Thanks

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You cannot reenter on the Green Card if you have been gone more than 1 year (unless you have a Reentry Permit.) If you are considering applying for citizenship, you should not be gone more than 6 months.


Brian D. Lerner
Attorney at Law


Apply for naturalization if you are eligible.

You may also apply for reentry permit which is valid for 2 years.