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Green card expired while outside USA, what are the options?

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Hi all,

I am a US citizen and my mother's green card is expired while she was outside the USA(visiting her country), it has been 6 years that she been outside the USA, she was going through some medical conditions that she could not walk. She didn't renew the green card.
I just wanted to know what her options are, regarding her green card, does she need to re-apply a fresh green card? because her current one is expired or local consulate can provide any help.
Thanks

James

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6 years out the country? She abandoned residence five years ago, the expired green card isn't the issue. You should file a new i130 if she wants to come back, and this time make sure she reads the stuff she gets about the responsibilities of a green card holder.

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10 hours ago, James@21 said:

Hi all,

I am a US citizen and my mother's green card is expired while she was outside the USA(visiting her country), it has been 6 years that she been outside the USA, she was going through some medical conditions that she could not walk. She didn't renew the green card.
I just wanted to know what her options are, regarding her green card, does she need to re-apply a fresh green card? because her current one is expired or local consulate can provide any help.
Thanks

James

Hi,

 

Her green card is not only expired but her permanent residency status is abandoned. Permanent residents are suppose to live in the US. If a person with a green card is out of the US for more than a year, then they may be deemed to have abandoned their status. If they are out for 2 years, they may be able to apply for a reentry permit under certain circumstance. But 6 years with an expired green card..... forget it. She is no longer a permanent resident. She won't even be able to apply for a new one.

 

The only option is for her to have someone apply for her like the last time she got her green card. The problem is, if USCIS sees that she was not abiding by the rules of a permanent resident, they may not give her another permanent resident status. 


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