My spouse had a green card for a number of years and later abandoned it as she came abroad to live with me when I took employment in a foreign country. As we reapply for her permanent residence, I am curious whether or not we need to check anything in this section.
This refers to removal proceedings - you give no indication that she would need to say anything here (though it would be wise to disclose the earlier green card, since there is a question about earlier immigrant visa petitions).
If she left the US with a valid LPR card and her only reason for losing it was that she abandoned the card (and was never ordered removed), then the answer is no. “Proceedings” means at some point, she was either expeditiously removed or was before an immigration judge.
Also, depending on why, when, and how she abandoned the LPR card, you might not need to re-file the I-130. You might be able to apply for reentry at the embassy, which would save you a lot of time.
The other attorneys are correct. She abandoned her residence ... she wasn't deported/removed.
You should talk to an attorney, as she might qualify for a returning resident/special immigrant visa.
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The questions referring to “immigration proceedings” refer to removal or deportation proceedings before an immigration judge. Sounds to me like the answer is NO.
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