Benefits of Re-entry Permit
You do not have to obtain a visa from an American Consulate for returning to the U.S. after traveling abroad
You can remain outside the U.S. for the validity of the re-entry permit
Requirements for Re-entry Permit
You should apply for a re-entry permit if you are:
A legal permanent resident and you wish to remain outside the US for more than one year
A legal permanent resident who cannot get a national passport from your country of nationality (some countries accept a re-entry permit in lieu of a passport)
Note: You do not need a re-entry permit if you are leaving the country for less than one year. However, if you leave the country for more than one year, you will break the period of continuous residence that is required to become a citizen even if you get a re-entry permit.
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Applying for a Re-entry Permit
You can obtain a re-entry permit by filing an Application for Travel Document (Form I-131) and accompanying documents with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
USCIS Form I-131
, Application for Travel Document
A copy of your alien registration card
A copy of the biographic page and the page indicating initial admission as a permanent resident on your passport, or other evidence which indicates that you are a permanent resident
You must mail your re-entry permit application to the USCIS Service Center that has jurisdiction over your place of residence.
Note: A re-entry permit is valid for two years from the date of issue.
Difference between Advance Parole and Re-entry Permit
Advance parole document
is issued to foreign nationals who are not yet lawful permanent residents, while the re-entry permit is issued to lawful permanent residents.
Advance parole is valid for one year, while the re-entry permit is valid for two years from the date of issue.
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Complete review of all your personal circumstances
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Re-entry Permit application to the proper government agencies
Careful co-ordination of all correspondence with government agencies
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