This guide is intended for LPR intending to travel abroad for an extended period of time.
Documents for Departure
Generally, you should carry your passport from your country of citizenship and state-issued identification with you upon leaving the United States. Additionally, you may need to travel with a country-issued visa for entry into your final destination.
Documents for Arrival
When returning to the U.S. after a temporary stay abroad, you will need to present a valid, unexpired Form I-551, Permanent Resident Card. When arriving at a port of entry, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officer will review your permanent resident card and any other identity documents you present, such as a passport, and foreign national I.D. card to determine if you can enter the United States.
Extended Travel Abroad
If your absence from the U.S. will be over 6 months, it is advisable to first apply for a reentry permit on Form I-131 before departing the U.S. This re-entry permits allows a LPR to return to the U.S. without obtaining a returning resident visa from a U.S. Embassy or Consulate abroad. If you remain outside of the United States for more than 2 years, any reentry permit granted before your departure from the United States will have expired. In this case, it is advisable to consider applying for a returning resident visa (SB-1) at the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.
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