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SB-1 Returning Resident Visa

As a legal permanent resident (green card holder), if you travel outside the U.S. for less than a year, you can re-enter the U.S. by presenting your green card and home country passport to Immigration officials at your port of entry. If you stay outside the U.S. for more than a year but less than two years, you may re-enter by obtaining a re-entry permit. For all others, you must apply for an SB-1 Returning Resident Visa in order to resume your legal permanent residency within the U.S.

The SB-1 Returning Resident Visa involves an application process and is subject to specified requirements. At Hope Immigration, our experienced legal team can provide the assistance you need to understand the process and help you get started. Our Marietta SB-1 Returning Resident Visa attorneys focus their practice entirely on immigration law which means your case will be in the hands of a skilled and trusted law firm.

Contact us at (678) 713-4255 or through our online request form for legal help today.

Requirements for an SB-1 Returning Resident Visa

If you are unable to return to the U.S. within the period of one year for a green card re-entry or two years for a re-entry permit, you will be required to apply for an SB-1 immigrant visa at your closest U.S. embassy or consulate abroad. You will have to establish your eligibility for this visa and will need to complete an interview and medical exam.

You will have to prove to the consulate official the following in order to be eligible:

  • That you were a legal permanent resident at the time you left the U.S. to travel abroad
  • That you fully intended to return to the U.S. as a legal permanent resident
  • That you now wish to return to the U.S. and that if your stay was prolonged, it was due to reasons beyond your control

You will have to provide documentation that supports the above requirements, such as airline tickets which prove your dates of travel, documentation that verifies your ties to the U.S., such as U.S. tax returns, proof of family or social ties, and proof that your prolonged stay was for reasons you could not control, such as with medical records, employment records, or other evidence.

Call an Atlanta SB-1 Returning Resident Visa Lawyer

Hope Immigration is here to help guide you through the process and ensure that your application, supporting documentation, and other steps are handled thoroughly and accurately. Our goal is to make the process as easy and smooth as possible. We are dedicated to helping increase your chances of success in achieving your immigration objectives.

Call us at (678) 713-4255 to find out more about how we can help.