My wife just got approved for Permanent Residency and we want to travel abroad. Is there travel limitation while she is on the Green Card?
The short answer is “Yes”. If the officer determines that you have no intention to make the United States as your permanent home, then the officer will consider that you have abandoned your permanent resident status. While a permanent resident can travel abroad, if your trip will last longer than six months or one year, then our office can help you apply for the re-entry permit before you leave the U.S.
Meanwhile, we advise you to maintain your ties to the United States, such as filing U.S. income taxes as a resident and maintaining a U.S. mailing address and bank accounts. Also, we advise our clients to keep records of their overseas travels, such as the travel itinerary. The naturalization application will ask such information so it is good to have those handy.
Also, if you intend to travel outside the U.S. for more than two (2) years, or if you have lost your green card or re-entry permit while traveling overseas, call our office to determine the best course of action.