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Re-entry Information

Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs or green card holders) use re-entry permits to re-enter the U.S. after travel of one year or more. Re-entry permits are generally valid for two years from the date of issuance of the re-entry permit. The LPR should apply for this benefit before leaving the U.S. If an LPR remains outside the United States for more than one year, a presumption is created that the LPR has ‘abandoned’ his/her lawful permanent resident status. Conditional residents (two-year green card holders) use re-entry permits to re-enter the U.S. after travel of one year or more. For conditional residents returning to the U.S., re-entry permits are generally valid for two years from the date of issuance of the re-entry permit or until the date the conditional resident must apply for the removal of conditions, whichever comes first. The conditional resident should apply for this benefit before leaving the U.S.

Applicants for adjustment of status use re-entry permits to re-enter the U.S. after travel of less than a year — preferably less than six months.


If the investors and their families wish to become U.S. citizens, they must adhere to the five (5) year lawful permanent residence requirement for U.S. citizenship and satisfy all USCIS and DHS requirements. For further information contact your legal advisor or one of the law firms below.

Recommended Local Law Firms

Frost Brown Todd LLC of Louisville, KY

Dan L. Owens has an extensive thirty year background in Immigration and Nationality Law. He has practiced extensively both in U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service offices throughout the U.S., and before a number of U.S. Consular posts overseas, representing the interests of both individuals and U.S. businesses and universities which employ foreign nationals. A significant portion of his practice involves representing foreign medical graduates and the health care providers employing them.  A growing segment of the practice includes representing foreign investors, particularly those seeking EB-5 investment status through investment in an accredited Regional Center.

Frost Brown Todd LLC has offices located throughout the United States in the cities of Charleston, Cincinnati, Columbus, Florence, Indianapolis, Lexington, Louisville, Nashville, and West Chester.

Indus Law Firm in Louisville, KY

Nima Kulkarni focuses her practice exclusively on immigration and nationality law. She has represented numerous individuals before USCIS, the AAO, BIA and Immigration Courts. Ms. Kulkarni practiced immigration law in Atlanta and California before moving her practice back to her hometown of Louisville. Indus Law Firm provides immigration related services to industries as diverse as information technology, health care, engineering, manufacturing, hospitality and the arts. Ms. Kulkarni also represents many students, businesses and investors, including E visa and EB-5 visa petitions. By combining cutting-edge technology with specialized knowledge of immigration law, Nima is able to provide clients with superior customer service and prompt and accurate updates and analysis of any changes in U.S. immigration law and policy.

Recommended International Law Firm ​

Our multi-cultural firm provides clients with the unique opportunity to be represented by one firm with reputable professionals from India, Saudi Arabia and other countries as well as the United States. Our firm’s practice areas and strategic office locations position us to assist foreign businesses with current interests in the United States.

The attorneys of Smith White Sharma Yaskhi Halpern & Ishar, LLLP have over 200 years of combined legal experience.

Smith White Sharma Yaskhi Halpern & Ishar, LLLP is a full-service law firm strategically located in major cities. The firm has built up an outstanding team of experienced people. Together, they provide a wide breadth of legal skills and legal knowledge.

The Firm’s reputation is that of developing successful business relationships through mutual trust:

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Our offices are fully equipped with experienced attorneys, paralegals and support staff that provide professional service to ensure positive results for our clients.


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