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Do I Need Special Documents to Re-Enter the Country?
If a noncitizen has to leave the United States because of an emergency, they may need to obtain additional travel documents to re-enter the country. In fact, there are several documents that one must obtain if they wish to re-enter the country after traveling outside the United States. One of these documents includes a re-entry permit.
What Is a Re-Entry Permit?
A re-entry permit allows the holder to re-enter the Untied States after traveling outside of the country. They are subject to certain time limitations, but typically remain valid for up to two years.
Who Uses Re-Entry Permits?
Generally, green card holders and conditional residents use re-entry permits. The permit must be applied for before leaving the United States, and are subject to the following limitations:
- Green Card Holders - Re-entry permits are only valid for approximately two years from the date of issuance.
- Conditional Residents - Re-entry permits for conditional residents are generally valid for two years from the date of issuance, or until the date the conditional resident must apply for the removal of the conditions, whichever comes first.
Can I Renew My Re-Entry Permit?
Unfortunately, re-entry permits cannot be renewed or extended.
Do I Need a Lawyer?
In recent years, travel outside the United States may have severe consequences for people adjusting their status or extending their non-immigrant stay. An immigration attorney can advise you of whether you need a re-entry permit, or alternate methods to re-enter the country if you re-entry permit has expired. Consulting with an attorney well-versed in immigration law is the best way to avoid re-entry issues.
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Last Modified: 05-28-2014 04:51 PM PDT
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