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Traveling back to country of persecution after becoming L.P.R.

Hello,

I have a question for my case please.

I have applied for Asylee Adjustment to Permanent Resident Status.

And my application (I-485 ) has been approved and I received my Permanent Resident Card (I-551)

My question is, do you think that now I can travel back to my country to see my mother who I did not see for over 4 years, could cause a problem and might drive the I.N.S. to take an action to reopen my case and withdraw my new status.

And assuming here that it will be OK to travel back for a visit, can I renew my passport or would this be a sign of asking for a re-protection from the country of persecution.

If I can't renew it, do I have to apply for refuge travel document or a re-entry permit as a replacement to my passport ?

I’m seeing a publication on USCIS.com M-661 (12/5)

My comment for this is:

We know that the political situation of a country is changeable. And my country’s political situation has been changed now. My political party is in power and they win the last elections. So I think that it’s not going to be more persecution in my native country.

Does US Government protect me from any harassment that might happen if I travel back to my country even though I’m now Permanent Resident of USA ? I don’t know if US government will protection me or I have to wait (4 more years) to become US Citizen and after that I can be protected.

I need advise please.

Thank you

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Traveling back to country of persecution after becoming L.P.R.

Hello,

I have a question for my case please.

I have applied for Asylee Adjustment to Permanent Resident Status.

And my application (I-485 ) has been approved and I received my Permanent Resident Card (I-551)

My question is, do you think that now I can travel back to my country to see my mother who I did not see for over 4 years, could cause a problem and might drive the I.N.S. to take an action to reopen my case and withdraw my new status.

And assuming here that it will be OK to travel back for a visit, can I renew my passport or would this be a sign of asking for a re-protection from the country of persecution.

If I can't renew it, do I have to apply for refuge travel document or a re-entry permit as a replacement to my passport ?

I’m seeing a publication on USCIS.com M-661 (12/5)

My comment for this is:

We know that the political situation of a country is changeable. And my country’s political situation has been changed now. My political party is in power and they win the last elections. So I think that it’s not going to be more persecution in my native country.

Does US Government protect me from any harassment that might happen if I travel back to my country even though I’m now Permanent Resident of USA ? I don’t know if US government will protection me or I have to wait (4 more years) to become US Citizen and after that I can be protected.

I need advise please.

Thank you

Did you have an attorney work on your case... this really is a questions for a qualified professional...

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Immigrant_USA,

I think that if you were truthful in your application for an asylee adjustment, it's not the USCIS that you have to worry about by returning to your country.

Yodrak

Traveling back to country of persecution after becoming L.P.R.

Hello,

I have a question for my case please.

I have applied for Asylee Adjustment to Permanent Resident Status.

And my application (I-485 ) has been approved and I received my Permanent Resident Card (I-551)

My question is, do you think that now I can travel back to my country to see my mother who I did not see for over 4 years, could cause a problem and might drive the I.N.S. to take an action to reopen my case and withdraw my new status.

And assuming here that it will be OK to travel back for a visit, can I renew my passport or would this be a sign of asking for a re-protection from the country of persecution.

If I can't renew it, do I have to apply for refuge travel document or a re-entry permit as a replacement to my passport ?

I'm seeing a publication on USCIS.com M-661 (12/5)

My comment for this is:

We know that the political situation of a country is changeable. And my country's political situation has been changed now. My political party is in power and they win the last elections. So I think that it's not going to be more persecution in my native country.

Does US Government protect me from any harassment that might happen if I travel back to my country even though I'm now Permanent Resident of USA ? I don't know if US government will protection me or I have to wait (4 more years) to become US Citizen and after that I can be protected.

I need advise please.

Thank you

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This is just IMO... but if you really want to stay in the US, I wouldn't go back to the country I claimed asylum from until I was a citizen... otherwise what's to stop the immigration people from saying 'oh, so you're safe to go back now that means you're no longer being persecuted and you don't need to be a refugee any more so goodbye and don't let the door hit you on the way out!' It just seems very risky to me...

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Its possible that it means nothing - now that you have a green card the POE officer doesn't care how or why you became a LPR and may not question why you went back to your native country. However in this time of trigger happy immigrant haters I would suggest you ask an attorney before leaving the country. Good Luck

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This is just IMO... but if you really want to stay in the US, I wouldn't go back to the country I claimed asylum from until I was a citizen... otherwise what's to stop the immigration people from saying 'oh, so you're safe to go back now that means you're no longer being persecuted and you don't need to be a refugee any more so goodbye and don't let the door hit you on the way out!' It just seems very risky to me...

Being an asylee or a refugee doesn't mean you are a permanent resident. You have to apply to become an LPR after a certain amount of time (a year, I believe) as an asylee. Since the OP is now an LPR, I don't see any reason why he would have an issue. He is no longer an asylee.

I would think that as long as you are just going back to visit, it's not going to be an issue. (Just a thought - there are tons of tourists who visit countries where if they lived there, they'd be persecuted, but as long as they're tourists with tourist dollars, they are welcomed by those same governments!) There are plenty of people who came as asylees or refugees who would no longer qualify for that status, and they don't have their green cards or citizenship revoked.

I know one asylee-turned-LPR who has been waiting for her citizenship to be granted for 10 years. She's planning a visit to her home country this year. Not a problem. She's an LPR, and she is afforded the same travel rights as any other LPR.

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Does US Government protect me from any harassment that might happen if I travel back to my country even though I’m now Permanent Resident of USA ? I don’t know if US government will protection me or I have to wait (4 more years) to become US Citizen and after that I can be protected.

Since you are not yet a US citizen, US govt. may not be able to provide you with any assistance.

And even if you are a US citizen, do take note that "while in a foreign country, a U.S. citizen is subject to that country's laws and regulations, which sometimes differ significantly from those in the United States and may not afford the protections available to the individual under U.S. law". If your country arrests you with some fabricated charges, you may very well kiss the US goodbye.

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Does US Government protect me from any harassment that might happen if I travel back to my country even though I’m now Permanent Resident of USA ? I don’t know if US government will protection me or I have to wait (4 more years) to become US Citizen and after that I can be protected.

Since you are not yet a US citizen, US govt. may not be able to provide you with any assistance.

And even if you are a US citizen, do take note that "while in a foreign country, a U.S. citizen is subject to that country's laws and regulations, which sometimes differ significantly from those in the United States and may not afford the protections available to the individual under U.S. law". If your country arrests you with some fabricated charges, you may very well kiss the US goodbye.

I believe the critical issue would be to avoid seeking the protection of the country that you were a refugee from and from which you were in fear of persecution. A visit would be reasonable, especially if the climate has changed since you left, but it's wise to check with an immigration expert prior to that, to make sure. If I'm not mistaken, the regulations state that "past fear of persecution" implies future as well.

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Of additional concern is that many countries quilty of persecution do not recognize legal citizenship or residency of their citizens in other countries. Your home country may offer you more threat than USCIS if they discover you are back in their jurisdiction, and you will have no recourse to protection of the US government. Even US citizenship may not be accepted and as far as they are concerned, you are still their citizen and still subject to whatever laws or conditions they wish to impose. A better course of action may be to meet up with your family members in a third country where you don't run this risk.

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Thank you for your advises.

The fear to travel back to my native country can be forever or can end. But the point is IF USA have any law which says that can protect an L.P.R or a US citizen from another country.Of cource I'm a citizen of my native country but also I'm permanet resident of USA.

I hope that an attorney can show me this law in USA which I can travel to my native country based on this law or regulation.

I'm posting my Green Card info. for the others which they are waiting to received it.

Asylum Granted: Sep-2003

I-485 Notification Date(ND): Oct-2004

Case transfer From Vermond NY Center to TX Center

Request For Intital Evidence (RFI): Jan-2006

BIO(Code 3) requested: Jan-2006

BIO(Code 3) done: Feb-2006

RFI Sent: March-2006

RFI received by TSC: Mar-2006

Date Approved on card is: April-2005

GC in hand: April-2006

Good luck to the pending Green Card applicants.

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Its possible that it means nothing - now that you have a green card the POE officer doesn't care how or why you became a LPR and may not question why you went back to your native country. However in this time of trigger happy immigrant haters I would suggest you ask an attorney before leaving the country. Good Luck

I agree! :yes:

Peter Miami

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