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Leave US for over six months on CR-1 Visa??

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We have recently learned my wife's mother is very ill and only has a short time left, so we want to get back to her as soon as possible.

My wife arrived in the US on a CR-1 Visa in April. She has got her green card already.

Do we need to apply for a re-entry permit (I-131) ? 
We will definitely be gone over six months I think, but we should be back within 1 year.

Is the I-131 only required if we will be gone over 1 year?

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You only need the re-entry permit for stays over 12 months outside the US.  That being said, if you are not sure how long your wife will be away, I would apply for one just in case, as you cannot apply for it from outside the US.

 

Sorry to hear about your wife’s mother, and Good Luck!


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On 9/7/2020 at 3:47 PM, Dashinka said:

 That being said, if you are not sure how long your wife will be away, I would apply for one just in case, as you cannot apply for it from outside the US.

I was thinking that might be a good idea. However, we cannot leave before the form is approved or it will be invalid, correct?
I've heard it takes 2-8 months normally. I know you can request expedited processing, but I'm not sure if it would be much faster.

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5 minutes ago, mountgaijin said:

I was thinking that might be a good idea. However, we cannot leave before the form is approved or it will be invalid, correct?
I've heard it takes 2-8 months normally. I know you can request expedited processing, but I'm not sure if it would be much faster.

You can leave after submitting the form .. if you go before biometrics you‘ll have to come back to do it .. the permit itself can be picked up at the overseas embassy you designate. 

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