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Temporary move to Europe - retain green card?

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Filed: AOS (pnd) Country: Australia
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I received my green card in September 2014 (adjusted from work visa based on marriage to US citizen). It is conditional - need to remove conditions in 2016.

My husband is being relocated by his employer from Chicago to Switzerland. The posting is for two to three years. I plan to go with him.

We intend to return permanently to the US at the end of the assignment. We are planning to buy our condo, so that we have a 'home base' here for when we visit (preferably at least twice a year, for a couple of weeks each time).

I understand that green cards are for residents, and some might argue that I'm not entitled to keep mine as we will be spending most of each year abroad. On the other hand, I've also heard it might be possible for us to at least attempt to retain my LPR status, by coming back to the States regularly and I'm wondering if anyone has any experience with a similar situation. Also, will owning a home in the US be helpful in terms of retaining the green card?

Many thanks!

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Wales
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House will be a minor factor.

Talk to your Husbands lawyer. May well be possible,


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Filed: Citizen (pnd) Country: Germany
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You need to of course maintain US domicile. (bank accounts, housing, filing taxes, etc.) You might look into a reentry permit.


Myself: US citizen; Husband: German citizen

TransferWise Invitation Link: (first wire transfer is free) https://transferwise.com/u/eec50

(B-2 Journey):

 

 

-(then fiance) H-2B work visa application terminated due to qualification difficulties in Aug. 2010.

-(then fiance) B-2 tourist visa denied due to lack of strong ties to Germany in Sept. 2010.
-Third ESTA denied due to his suspiscious visa status on Oct. 15, 2012.
-B-2 tourist visa approved on Nov. 16, 2012!

 

(IR-1 Journey):

 

 

-Extended German residence permit obtained Aug. 23, 2014. (to qualify for DCF)

-Husband's new German passport picked up Aug. 28, 2014. (Old one expires 2015)

-I-130 packet sent to Frankfurt (DCF) Aug. 29, 2014!

-NOA1 issued Sept. 9, 2014 (received Sept.13)

-RFE regarding evidence of bona fide marriage received along with NOA1

-RFE reply packet sent to Frankfurt Sept. 30, 2014

-E-mail response (NOA2) received by USCIS Frankfurt on Oct. 23, 2014 (Petition APPROVED Oct. 20!!!) :dancing:

-Paper NOA2 received in the mail Oct. 29, 2014

-Case number assigned by IV unit Oct. 30, 2014 (Received by email Nov. 3)

-Paper "Packet 3" arrived in mail Nov. 4, 2014

-DS-260 and Document Delivery Registration submitted to Frankfurt Nov. 4, 2014

-Mailed in priority date request found on Packet 3 to IV Unit Nov. 5, 2014

-IV ("Packet 3") package sent to Frankfurt Nov. 17, 2014

-Medical completed by Frankfurt panel physician Nov. 17, 2014

-Received "Packet 4" via e-mail Nov. 20, 2014

-Interview booked for Dec. 3, 2014 (booked Nov. 21, 2014 after email authorization received)
-Visa approved, issued AND picked up by the courier all within 7 hours, Dec. 3, 2014
:dance:

-Visa packet arrived in the mail Dec. 4, 2014

-Visa packet had to be returned to Frankfurt for correction on Immigrant Data Summary sheet (wrong birthplace listed) Dec. 5, 2014

-Corrected visa packet received in the mail Dec. 11, 2014

-$165 Immigrant fee paid Dec. 11, 2014

-POE (through Dublin, Ireland) Jan. 18, 2015

-Registered manually for social security Jan. 27, 2015

-Social security card arrived within 2 weeks after applying in person/green card arrived within 30 days after entering U.S.

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What are the guidelines regarding division of time inside and outside of the U.S. as a permanent resident? I recall a recent thread where a poster mistakenly thought she could live abroad and re-enter the U.S. every six months to keep the residency alive, and the forum's consensus was that when it came time to remove conditions / renew the green card / apply for citizenship that USCIS would consider her claim to residency abandoned.

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