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Returning Resident

Returning Resident Visas

Who qualifies?

A Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) or Conditional Resident (CR) who has remained outside the United States for longer than twelve months, or beyond the validity period of a re-entry permit, will require a new immigrant visa to re-enter the United States and resume permanent residence. 

Consideration for returning resident status will only be given to LPRs or CRs who left the U.S. with the intention of returning; have not abandoned this intention; and are returning to the U.S. from a temporary visit abroad. If the stay was protracted, the applicant will be required to show that this was caused by reasons beyond his or her control for which he or she was not responsible.

Please Note:  Conditional Residents of the United States who fail to file an application to have conditional resident status removed are required to apply for a new immigrant visa. They are not eligible to apply for special immigrant status as a returning resident.

Applying for the visa

Applicants who believe that they may be eligible for returning resident status are required to submit an application for consideration to the Immigrant Visa Unit at the Embassy.  

Instructions for Applicants

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    Consideration for returning resident status will only be given to Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR) or Conditional Residents (CR) who left the U.S. with the intention of returning; have not abandoned this intention; and are returning to the U.S. from a temporary visit abroad. If the stay was protracted, the LPR or CR will be required to show that this was caused by reasons beyond his or her control for which he or she was not responsible. Please follow this link for further detailed information.  

  • How long will the application take to process?