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Tips for maintaining green card status

People in Texas who have a green card might wonder what rules must be followed in order to keep it. There are basically two major types of violations that could lead to a green card being rescinded. One is by leaving the country for an extended period of time, and the other is by breaking the law.

Unfortunately, there are no hard and fast rules about how long a person may leave the country. The concern of the U.S. government is whether a person intends to make another country home while still holding the green card. Therefore, a person should try to reduce the appearance that this might be the case. It may be best to avoid leaving the country for more than six months at a time.

A person who plans to leave the country for a year or more should apply for a reentry permit. This gives a person permission to stay outside the country for two years and then reenter. A person who does not get a reentry permit may need to appear before a U.S. consulate and present a reason, such as illness, that returning the U.S. was not possible. People should also be aware that even minor violations of the law can lead to the green card being revoked, including failing to update a new address with the government.

Immigration law is complex, and a person who has questions about a green card, applying for citizenship or other elements of immigration might want to consult an attorney. This may help a person avoid small mistakes that could later become problems such as filling out documents correctly and meeting necessary deadlines. Some immigrants may want to look into obtaining citizenship because this may remove uncertainty about the person's long-term ability to remain in the country.

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