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So I am a cr1 waiting in my roc. My daughter has her 10 green card waiting on me to become citizen so she can also have citizenship. My question is she is not happy and she is developing anxiety due to the shooter drills at school ( we are from the Caribbean, we don't have those time of drills) she also missing her grand parents. My question is will it affect her if I send her home for a year or two while I seek to move to a better housing to make her comfortable. She will visit for summer and winter breaks. 

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Once she has her US citizenship, she can live wherever she wants to, without worrying that she might lose her status.


I would not recommend her going away for a "year or two" with just a green card, that's a big risk she'd lose it. And you'd have to sponsor her again and pretty much do the whole immigration thing from a scratch.


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While she is still a green card holder, she is required to maintain permanent residence within the US. Visits to the US don't cut it.


Just as a heads up, in general I wouldn't expect it to be any easier a year or 2 from now after having returned to a lifestyle she knows.

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Agreed, stress from these 'school drills' are part of life. After school still will have to deal with things. We do active shooter training at my work even hah. I was in the military so doesn't bother me or anything, but this stuff doesn't just "disappear" later on. Have the family visit New York, distance is part of the immigration process and the decision that is made when you move to a different country.

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I agree with everything above. Especially the assimilation aspect of things. Even moving to better housing may not change things. It is becoming a norm in almost every school, kind or like fire drills.


If you look at the history of school shootings, there is no correlation of the shootings by certain neighborhood dynamics. They can happen in schools in bad areas as well as good areas.


It is just an unfortunate state our country is in.

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You could get her a re-entry permit, valid for 2 years at a time, maximum 5 years.


however, and I understand the difficulty of kids moving and settling, it really sounds like she’s just homesick and misses friends etc and wants to go back to her old life. So really you need to decide to either give up her green card and let her go back,  or firmly but gently ensure she stays and acclimates to US life now. How old is she?


There is also the option of letting her go back home indefinitely, if your parents are willing to take her in, and petitioning her for a green card later. This route though might mean it’s difficult for her to visit in the interim.

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