An Applicant may also lose his or her permanent resident status by intentionally abandoning it.
An Applicant may be found to have abandoned his or her status if he or she:
- Moves to another country, intending to live there permanently.
- Remains outside of the United States for an extended period of time, unless intended this to be a temporary absence, as shown by:
- The reason for his or her trip;
- How long he or she intended to be absent from the United States;
- Any other circumstances of his or her absence; and
- Any events that may have prolonged his or her absence.
- Fails to file income tax returns while living outside of the United States for any period.
- Declares himself or herself a “nonimmigrant” on his or her U.S. tax returns.
Get the Applicant’s Green Card Back
- If the Applicant is outside the U.S. for more than one year, the application process involves filing State Department Form DS-117, available at the DOS website, at the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate and paying the filing fees.
- Record of Abandonment of Lawful Permanent Resident Status, Form I-407, is used by lawful permanent residents who are outside the United States or at a Port of Entry who want to abandon their LPR status.
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