Filing for a Reentry Permit

For those who must remain outside of the U.S. for a continuous period of six (6) months or more, an Application for a Reentry Permit can be filed in order to maintain lawful permanent residency.

A Reentry Permit establishes a lack of intent to abandon residence and allows one to apply for admission to the U.S. as an LPR after traveling abroad for up to two years. A reentry permit can be issued for an initial period of up to two (2) years. A second reentry permit may be obtained for an additional two (2) years. It may be possible to obtain additional reentry permits in one (1) year increments, but not indefinitely.

An individual must be physically present in the U.S. at the time of filing and will need to have biometrics taken prior to departure from the U.S. The biometrics appointment is normally scheduled about 2-3 weeks following application filing. For those who must leave the U.S. prior to obtaining biometrics, they will have to return to the U.S. for their biometrics appointment.

Those filing for a second reentry permit must also be physically present in the U.S. at the time of filing and have biometrics taken prior to departure from the U.S. New reentry permit applications should be submitted approximately 60 days prior to the expiration of the initial permit. If the most recent reentry permit has not expired, applicants will be required to submit the original permit with their new application.