People often wait many years for a green card (lawful permanent resident status). After arriving, they sometimes have to leave the U.S. for an extended period of time. Federal law allows green card holders to apply for a re-entry permit which allows them to stay outside of the U.S. for more than 6 months without putting their green card at risk.
This video explains the re-entry permit process and provides some do’s and don’ts when dealing with the USCIS on this issue.
We also provide a real world example of how not obtaining a re-entry permit prior to leaving the U.S. can leave someone exposed to not only losing the ability to apply for citizenship, but also the green card itself, potentially.