Returning Resident SB-1 Immigrant Visas
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What is a Returning Resident immigrant visa?
What are the eligibility requirements for obtaining a Returning Resident SB-1 visa?
- You had a valid status of lawful permanent resident at the time you departed from the U.S.;
- You departed from the United States with the intent to return, and that you have not changed this intention;
- You are returning to the U.S. after a temporary visit to another country. If the stay exceeded the period for valid re-entry, this must be due to reasons beyond your control and for which you were not responsible for
What does the returning resident application process involve?
- Submitting the following forms:
- Completed Form DS-117, Application to Determine Returning Resident Status
- Form-551, Permanent Resident Card
- Re-Entry Permit (if available)
- Submitting the following supporting documents:
- Dates of travel to countries outside of the U.S. (for example, submit airline ticket stubs, passport stamps, etc.)
- Proof your ties to the U.S. and your intent to return (for example, tax returns, evidence of familial, social, and economic ties to the U.S.)
- Proof that your stay outside the U.S. was extended for reasons outside of your control (for example, medical incapacitation, accompanying a citizen spouse, employment with a U.S. organization)
- Fees: the process will involve paying both visa processing and medical fees
- Form DS-230, Application for Immigrant Visa and Alien Registration
- Your original passport
- Two photographs which meet specified photo guidelines
- Any civil documents requested by the Consulate or Embassy
What if my application for a Returning Resident Visa is denied?
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Last Modified: 03-14-2012 03:07 PM PDT
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