Important Things for Green Card Holders

Green card holders (i.e., permanent residents) often ask about issues that they should consider when traveling abroad outside the United States. For more information regarding green card issues, click here.


Following a lengthy intercontinental flight, no one fancies to discover themselves in a situation where they are doubted at length by CBP executives at the airport. Particularly in cases where the green card possessor has spent a substantial amount of time outside the States.

A returning foreigner ought not necessarily to display a legitimate license to return to the United States. It is usually marked “ARC,” and along with the foreigner’s “A” digit must be placed on the entry stamp page. Entry after prolonged absence CBP can identify a green card holder who has been outside the United States for more than one year (two years if a return permit is introduced) as having left home.

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Other indications of possible departure are working abroad. Close relatives who are not permanent residents go on a charter trip where many passengers are non-residents, with a return trip. In questionable circumstances, it is acceptable for CBP to require additional documents to prove residences, such as driver’s licenses and business identity cards.

These measures may be taken until LPR’s identification has been confirmed, rather than verified against CBP software information. The exemption applicant must verify the accuracy of the information provided on the printed form and sign in the appropriate spaces. CBP executives may also utilize inspections. This is usually limited to a Green Card holder who claims to have lost or stolen the I-551 type and can not pay the fee of the I-90 form at the time of the initial inspection.

Conditional Inhabitant

A conditioned citizen is generally allowed to reside in the United States if claimed before another dependent entry anniversary date. A conditional resident may also be eligible, whether or not it is a letter of introduction (or “letter of transportation”) from a U.S. consulate. Also, he or she has been stationed abroad at the government’s request or whether or not he or she is the spouse or child of a person who has been stationed abroad at the government’s request. If neither of these conditions is met, the agent may review the applicant whenever they believe that the Service will approve a petition or waiver. If the applicant is inadmissible, CBP may send the applicant to an expulsion hearing.

In evaluating a green card holder who has spent a notable term abroad, the CBP inspector should determine the matter and decide that it addresses both the LPR’s purpose and the nature and reasons for the prolonged absence from the United States. Suppose CBP believes that an LPR can answer whether a legitimate permanent resident meets the requirements for legitimate permanent resident status. In that case, CBP should consult with the visitor for expulsion if a deferred examination is not appropriate.

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