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Re-entry permit while waiting to sponsor wife (F2A)

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Hello there,

 

I will be a green card holder soon. I have been sponsored in F1 category by my mother who is an US citizen. My two brothers are US citizens as well. My father is a green card holder. I will be getting married soon right after I get a green card. I and my future wife are Canadian citizens. I understand when I file sponsorship application in F2A category for her it will take around 2 years and half to get her the green card. I don’t want to be separated from her during that time.

 

I am wondering if I could use Re-entry Permit in this case. Can I put down as a reason when applying for Re-entry Permit that I want to be with my wife during the process? What are the chances of getting it and what would be the best way to formulate it? I would be working in Canada in the meantime and would be travelling to U.S. frequently.

 

Additionally, once I am crossing a border should I tell border agent I work in Canada and am waiting for my wife’s papers to go through?

 

I am definitely moving to the states once she is getting her immigration visa. There is a finite date when we will be moving to the U.S. permanently and this is only a temporary situation.

 

I will have U.S. address, U.S. bank accounts, U.S. credit card, U.S. driver’s license, file U.S. taxes, strong family ties as my entire close family lives there, U.S. car, U.S. insurance.

 

Thank you very much for your help.

 

Richard

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Posted (edited)

Depends how you will you be showing residency and domicile when you work in Canada?

 

 

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If you have a green card you do not need a re-entry permit. 


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32 minutes ago, Paul & Mary said:

If you have a green card you do not need a re-entry permit. 

He does, if he’s planning to spend 2.5 years outside the US. He may even need to renew it.

Edited by SusieQQQ

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You need a Re-Entry Permit if you want your time outside the US not to count against you.

 

If you claim Canadian residency for ANY REASON, then you are abandoning your green card. 

 

Provincial health requires residency.  Snowbirds who spend too much time in the US do not qualify.  US green card holders do not qualify.  

 

If you file Canadian taxes as a resident, then you are claiming a foreign resident in Canada which would be abandoning your green card.

 

You can't have your cake and eat it too.  You can't have a green card and continue to live your regular life in Canada even with a Re-Entry Permit.

 

You should really consult a good immigration lawyer.  You are putting yourself at risk with this plan.

Edited by aaron2020

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Re -entry permits are good for 2 years but they can only be used once. Once you get your green card, you can apply for a re-entry permit. You can then stay out of the country for up to two years without returning. When you return, your re-entry permit is taken from you at that time. They aren't cheap either. About $800 I believe.


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24 minutes ago, Mike and Lily said:

Re -entry permits are good for 2 years but they can only be used once. Once you get your green card, you can apply for a re-entry permit. You can then stay out of the country for up to two years without returning. When you return, your re-entry permit is taken from you at that time. They aren't cheap either. About $800 I believe.

Wrong on everything.  Can be used more than once - multiple entries.  Can get another RE after first one expires.  RE is not taken from him upon return.  The cost is $660.  

 

 

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Richard,

 

You can't have your cake and eat it too.

 

Live in Canada with your wife and transfer to the F3 category, or immigrate to the US and be separated from your wife while you start a new life in the US.

 

If you don't want to be separated, then don't immigrate to the US.  Marry, transfer to the F3 category.  

 

You can't have a newly minted GC and then go back to Canada to live your life.  That's not permitted.  

 

Make your choice wisely.  

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2 hours ago, Mike and Lily said:

Re -entry permits are good for 2 years but they can only be used once. 

What do you mean by “they can only be used once”? You can do multiple entries, and can renew (up to a max 5 years), so what “once” are you referring to?

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