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HOW TO APPLY FOR RETURNING RESIDENT STATUS

If you are a legal permanent resident and you travel abroad for longer than two years, you are considered to have abandoned your permanent residency and will have to apply for a returning resident status by filing Form DS-117 with supporting documents at the nearest U.S. embassy.

Additional resources provided by the author

[1] Foreign Affairs Manual, 9 FAM 42.22 N1.2.

[2] Matter of Castro, Interim Decision #2245 (BIA 1973)

[3] Matter of Kane, Interim Decision #2371 (BIA 1975)

[4] Matter of Huang, Interim Decision #1988 (BIA 1988)

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