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Hello!

 

I am a UK citizen currently residing in the USA with my husband. He is a DOD Civilian for the Air Force (not Active Duty) and it looks as though he is about to be offered a job back in the UK. If everything goes through, he will be issued government orders, which I will also be included on as his dependent.

 

I am a permanent resident green card holder, and I know that you are not supposed to reside outside of the USA for extended periods of time. Is it at simple as updating my address with USCIS? Or do I need to notify them in some other way of the government orders to ensure that I am not considered to be 'abandoning' my green card/right to live in the USA?

 

Thanks in advance!

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How long are you planning to stay in the UK?


Swedish/American couple, met at university, eventually filed the I-129F petition in 2017.

K1 NOA1: 9/12/2017. NOA2: 3/10/2018. Case # Assigned: 3/28/2018. Embassy Received: 3/29/2018. Medical: 4/18/2018. Interview: 5/3/2018. VOH: 5/8/2018. US Entry (POE JFK): 5/24/2018.

 

AOS Package Sent: 6/4/2018. NOA1/Received Date: 6/5/2018. e-Notified: 6/11/2018. NOA1 Hardcopy: 6/14/2018. Biometrics Appt: 6/28/2018. I-485 Ready to be Scheduled for Interview: 7/25/2018. I-765 Card in Production: 9/19/2018. I-765 Card Mailed: 9/21/2018. I-765/I-131 Combo Card Received: 9/25/2018. I-765/I-131 Renewal Sent: 4/2/2019. NOA1/Received Date: 4/3/2019.

GC Interview Scheduled: X/XX/2019. GC Interview: X/XX/2019.

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You can start by applying for a I-131 reentry permit, in case plans change, but I believe if you stay abroad for more than 2 years it will expire, and you will need to apply for an SB-1. However, "There is an exception to this process for the spouse or child of either a member of the U.S. Armed Forces or civilian employee of the U.S. Government stationed abroad on official orders." I am not familiar with these exceptions but might be worth looking into:

 

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/immigrate/returning-resident.html


Swedish/American couple, met at university, eventually filed the I-129F petition in 2017.

K1 NOA1: 9/12/2017. NOA2: 3/10/2018. Case # Assigned: 3/28/2018. Embassy Received: 3/29/2018. Medical: 4/18/2018. Interview: 5/3/2018. VOH: 5/8/2018. US Entry (POE JFK): 5/24/2018.

 

AOS Package Sent: 6/4/2018. NOA1/Received Date: 6/5/2018. e-Notified: 6/11/2018. NOA1 Hardcopy: 6/14/2018. Biometrics Appt: 6/28/2018. I-485 Ready to be Scheduled for Interview: 7/25/2018. I-765 Card in Production: 9/19/2018. I-765 Card Mailed: 9/21/2018. I-765/I-131 Combo Card Received: 9/25/2018. I-765/I-131 Renewal Sent: 4/2/2019. NOA1/Received Date: 4/3/2019.

GC Interview Scheduled: X/XX/2019. GC Interview: X/XX/2019.

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If you're on the orders then you're fine. Edit: your name needs to be on those orders ofc.  

You dont need reentry permit. 

 

Just update your address with uscis.  Your time in UK will be counted just as if youd be in the US.

Edited by Roel

K1

29.11.2013 - NoA1

06.02.2014 - NoA2

01.04.2014 - Interview. 

AoS

03.2015 - AoS started.

09.2015 - Green Card received.  

RoC

24.07.2017 - NoA1.

01.08.2018 - RoC approved. 

 

 

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Perfect, that's exactly what I was hoping for. Of course, the USCIS helpline/military helpline can't give me a straight answer!

 

 

One more question - When I update our address online with USCIS, do I check the box that says "Member of the U.S. Military, or recently discharged from service, or spouse of a member of the U.S. Military" seeing as he isn't technically a member of the U.S. Military, he just works for them? I'm assuming this is in regard to government-issued orders?

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Anyone know about the USCIS address change form in regards to the military check box? I called the military helpline and they told me I don't even need to do a change of address form since I don't have any receipts pending. This seems highly inaccurate to me but they never seem to know what they're talking about so no surprise there...

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7 minutes ago, emmacaitlin said:

Anyone know about the USCIS address change form in regards to the military check box? I called the military helpline and they told me I don't even need to do a change of address form since I don't have any receipts pending. This seems highly inaccurate to me but they never seem to know what they're talking about so no surprise there...

If you are a green card holder then you need to always change your address within 10 days of moving. Doesn't matter if you're waiting for anything or  ot. 


K1

29.11.2013 - NoA1

06.02.2014 - NoA2

01.04.2014 - Interview. 

AoS

03.2015 - AoS started.

09.2015 - Green Card received.  

RoC

24.07.2017 - NoA1.

01.08.2018 - RoC approved. 

 

 

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That's what I always understood too - Thanks for the clarification! Is there a better number to call to ask about this military checkbox or do I just have to keep going through the USCIS tiers and hope I get a human not reading from a script?

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On 3/5/2019 at 11:39 PM, emmacaitlin said:

That's what I always understood too - Thanks for the clarification! Is there a better number to call to ask about this military checkbox or do I just have to keep going through the USCIS tiers and hope I get a human not reading from a script?

My wife and I moved to Japan in Oct last year (I'm US civilian DOD employee).  She had her naturalization interview last month and she said they calculated all her time out of the US and did not include the time we were in Japan due to being on my government orders.  

 

When we updated the address we didn't check the military checkbox. 

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15 hours ago, Kevo said:

My wife and I moved to Japan in Oct last year (I'm US civilian DOD employee).  She had her naturalization interview last month and she said they calculated all her time out of the US and did not include the time we were in Japan due to being on my government orders.  

 

When we updated the address we didn't check the military checkbox. 

Thank you!

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