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US green card issue when outside the US for more than 2 yrs.

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Hi,

My mum was issued a 10 year green card for US in 2014. She visited the US for 1 month and left. I adviced her that her visa could have issues if she doesn't return within 1 yr. Well, she went back to Nigeria and never returned to the US. It's 2016 and now she wants to visit the US again. How can we go about reinstating her greencard, because I know it might be suspended? I'm not sure.

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You can petition her all over. She lost her Greencard due to abandonment. A Greencard is for living in the US, not visiting. If she just wants to visit she needs a tourist visa.


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8/17/10: INTERVIEW DAY (day 123) APPROVED!!

ROC:
5/23/12: Sent out package
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She should fly to the US.

CBP can't take her GC but can refer her to an Immigration Judge who can.

Or she can apply for SB-1 (returning resident) visa. These are rarely granted, and I'm pretty sure if she is denied this visa her GC will become invalid and she won't be able to fly to the US. Somebody will come along and correct me on this point, if I'm wrong.

GCs are NOT visas, they are for living in the US. She will lose it sooner or later if she does not use it accordingly.


Entry on VWP to visit then-boyfriend 06/13/2011

Married 06/24/2011

Our first son was born 10/31/2012, our daughter was born 06/30/2014, our second son was born 06/20/2017

AOS Timeline

AOS package mailed 09/06/2011 (Chicago Lockbox)

AOS package signed for by R Mercado 09/07/2011

Priority date for I-485&I-130 09/08/2011

Biometrics done 10/03/2011

Interview letter received 11/18/2011

INTERVIEW DATE!!!! 12/20/2011

Approval e-mail 12/21/2011

Card production e-mail 12/27/2011

GREEN CARD ARRIVED 12/31/2011

Resident since 12/21/2011

ROC Timeline

ROC package mailed to VSC 11/22/2013

NOA1 date 11/26/2013

Biometrics date 12/26/2013

Transfer notice to CSC 03/14/2014

Change of address 03/27/2014

Card production ordered 04/30/2014

10-YEAR GREEN CARD ARRIVED 05/06/2014

N-400 Timeline

N-400 package mailed 09/30/2014

N-400 package delivered 10/01/2014

NOA1 date 10/20/2014

Biometrics date 11/14/2014

Early walk-in biometrics 11/12/2014

In-line for interview 11/23/2014

Interview letter 03/18/2015

Interview date 04/17/2015 ("Decision cannot yet be made.")

In-line for oath scheduling 05/04/2015

Oath ceremony letter dated 05/11/2015

Oath ceremony 06/02/2015

I am a United States citizen!

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