U.S. Immigration Advisor
HOW LONG I CAN STAY OUTSIDE THE U.S. AS A GREEN CARD HOLDER ,BEFORE I ABANDON MY GREEN CARD?
Question: Is there any time limit for the green card holder to stay outside the U.S. without abandoning their green card?
The Immigration Advisor - Samar: U.S. Permanent Residents or Green Card Holder is expected to maintain the US as their primary residence. When a permanent resident fails to keep U.S. as the permanent residence of the U.S. authorities can determine that they've abandoned their U.S. Permanent Residence. Abandonment is truly a factor to continue to keep one's permanent residence inside the U.S.A.
The time length spent outside the U.S. is only one factor they use to ascertain whether someone is preserving the U.S. as their permanent residence. Trips away from the U.S. which are longer than 180 days can cause Customs and Border Protection to question whether the individual was continuing to keep the U.S. as their permanent residence. In case the trip is for more than a year, then it may create a presumption that the individual abandoned their U.S. residence. If somebody is thinking about taking a trip that's longer than a year, they should make an application for a re-entry permit. However, the re-entry permit just enables them to go back to the U.S. following a trip of longer than a year it doesn't eliminate the necessity to keep the U.S. as a permanent residence.