Although many people aren't traveling due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to understand your travel rights as an LPR. The Orange County immigration attorneys at Yekrangi & Associates explain if a lawful permanent resident is allowed outside of the United States.
Traveling Outside the U.S. As a Permanent Resident
Lawful permanent residents are allowed to travel internationally for a short period of time without it affecting your lawful permanent resident status. When traveling outside the United States, you will need to present a passport and your green card to reenter.
However, if you plan on traveling outside of the United States for more than one year, you need to apply for the appropriate travel documents to return to the United States. There are two different types of travel documents you can apply for, including the refuge travel document and the re-entry permit.
Refugee Travel Document
This document is issued to a person who has been granted refugee, asylum status, or a green card because they were a refugee or asylee. If you hold a refugee or asylee status and you are not a permanent resident, you need to file a refugee travel document to return to the U.S. after one year.
The re-entry permit allows LPR to return to the united states after traveling internationally for more than one year. By filling out a re-entry permit, you won't have to obtain a returning resident visa from a U.S. Embassy or consulate.
Orange County Immigration Lawyers
If you are preparing for a long-term international travel, you will need to prepare your documentation to ensure you can return to the United States. Our Orange County immigration attorneys are here to help you with any of your immigration cases. Throughout the years, our team has been helping businesses, families, and individuals navigate the immigration process and reach their goals.
Contact our Orange County immigration attorneys today at (949) 478-4963 to schedule a virtual consultation!