August 2014

U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs) have the privilege and benefit of freely traveling to and from the United States. However, there are some limitations. First, if you are absent from the United States for more than one year, an LPR can be deemed to have abandoned his LPR status. Second, if an LPR takes up residence in another country (even if he has not been absent from the United States for more than one year), then he can still be deemed to have abandoned his LPR status. This is particularly problematic for LPRs who frequently travel internationally and sometimes their work does not allow them to regularly return to the United States.

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