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Step-Daughter with 2 yr Green Card has been out of country for 11+ months

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Thailand

My 15 year old step-daughter, who came on a k-2 visa, has been out of the country since June. She basically refused to return back to the USA after a summer trip to Thailand. She is now expressing a desire to return to the USA in June. Do you think she will be allowed entry? Her green card will still be valid. I'm hoping that since she's so young ... that the "rules" won't apply as strictly to her. Does anyone have experience with this type of situation?



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As a child, her permanent residence in the US is with you, so she didn't abandon it. When asked at the P.O.E. about her absence, all she has to do is tell the CBP Officer that she wanted to see her friends again and basically spend some time with them a last time. I don't see a grave danger that they will send a 15 year-old girl back to Thailand while her mom is waiting at the airport to take her home.

There is no room in this country for hyphenated Americanism. When I refer to hyphenated Americans, I do not refer to naturalized Americans. Some of the very best Americans I have ever known were naturalized Americans, Americans born abroad. But a hyphenated American is not an American at all . . . . The one absolutely certain way of bringing this nation to ruin, of preventing all possibility of its continuing to be a nation at all, would be to permit it to become a tangle of squabbling nationalities, an intricate knot of German-Americans, Irish-Americans, English-Americans, French-Americans, Scandinavian-Americans or Italian-Americans, each preserving its separate nationality, each at heart feeling more sympathy with Europeans of that nationality, than with the other citizens of the American Republic . . . . There is no such thing as a hyphenated American who is a good American. The only man who is a good American is the man who is an American and nothing else.

President Teddy Roosevelt on Columbus Day 1915

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