I have a green card, but have been living outside of the U.S. for years. Can I use my green card to come back into the U.S.?
Reentering the U.S. after a long trip
There is not one magic list that exists where we can check whether a green card is valid. Instead, when you apply for a benefit, such as naturalization, or you attempt to enter the U.S. from abroad, the government may determine that you abandoned your permanent resident status and will initiate a process to relinquish your green card. United States CBP has the authority to decide at the border whether a person has abandoned their residency and may not allow that person to enter.
Can I travel abroad while my N-400 naturalization application is pending?
Travel outside of the U.S. is generally acceptable while a naturalization application is pending. Leaving the U.S. does not trigger abandonment of the N-400 and your application will continue processing during your travels. However, there are a few implications to consider before you book your trip:
Yes, DACA recipients in the US are eligible to apply for Advance Parole (AP) which allows you to travel outside the US and return. Keep in mind that travel must be for a certain reason: educational, employment, or humanitarian purposes. If you’re unsure, an attorney could help you determine if your situation fits within these purposes. Also, be cautious and think carefully about the decision to travel. Although AP is allowed for DACA recipients, the US Port of Entry still has discretion to allow or not allow you to return. US CBP provides common reasons on their website of why a person could be denied entry to the US.
Question: How long does it take to get a US Refugee Travel Document? I am planning on traveling outside the country around October or November.
Our Seattle clients have been waiting close to 4 months recently. The Phoenix lockbox seems slow these days. For certain reasons, you can expedite your travel application (severe financial loss, extreme emergent situation, humanitarian situation) If you think you meet one of these reasons you could put in a request to expedite with USCIS. The request to expedite takes about a week, and then USCIS asks for your proof and reviews it. An attorney could help determine if you have a strong case for expediting, and could help you with the process.