If you are a green card holder with no Permit to Re-enter, you may be denied admission. Sure, you can have lawyer's number handy...
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The answer depends upon your reasons for remaining outside the United States for more than a year. When you remain outside the United States for more than a year, you are presumed to have abandoned your residence. You must be prepared to answer questions related to your absence from the United States. You should also have documentation to corroborate your reasons, if available.
You can have an attorney's phone number available. You would be best advised to consult with an attorney before traveling. The attorney can help you prepare for any interview in advance.
In my experience they'll send you to secondary inspection rather than deal with you at the airport. If that's the case then certainly hire an attorney.
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I agree with my colleagues.
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You should consult with an immigration attorney *before* attempting to enter the United States. When you leave for longer than a year the government assumes that you have abandoned your residency. You will need to be prepared to deal with questions about your absence when you attempt to return. Your attorney will be able to prepare you for this process.