Once you remain outside the U.S. for over one year, you have abandoned your permanent resident status, and will have to give up your green card.
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(213) 394-4554 x0 Mr. Shusterman is a former INS Trial Attorney (1976-82) with over 35 years of immigration experience. His response to your question is general in nature, as not all the facts are known to him. You should retain an attorney experienced in immigration law to review all the facts in your case in order to receive advice specific to your case. Mr. Shusterman's statement above does not create an attorney/client relationship.
I agree with my colleague. You will more likely need to start the lpr process over as the lpr status has been deemed abandoned. The green card is used as proof to request entry into US with LPR status and when its deemed abandoned you will need a new visa to be able to enter the US.
SSA website has information on a person's ability to have a SSN card replaced.
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You need to consult with a reputable Immigration attorney about your status. He/She will need to determine things such as why you left the US, if you have kept ties in the US, if a re-entry permit was requested, etc, in order to assess if there is any chance of you keeping your LPR status. I wouldn't wait any longer, since you're been out for over 4 years already. Once that is resolved, you can think about citizenship.
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You have abandoned your status by staying out for more than one year. You will need to reapply.
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