Category Archives: Green Card Abandonment

Green Card Holder Stranded Outside the US Due to COVID-19

As more and more individuals have found themselves stranded outside the US due to COVID-19, the question for permanent residents is more than mere inconvenience.  A US legal permanent resident is bound by fixed time frames. Specifically, an absence from … Continue reading

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The Fat Lady, Stowaways, and Alien Smugglers

“It ain’t over till the fat lady sings…”  The opera expression widely used in sports has taken on a whole new relevance in the immigration world.  No longer are government agencies approving applications and deferring to previously-approved applications or adjudications. … Continue reading

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A Green Card Holder and Absent from the US for more than 180 days? Beware.

One of the biggest misconceptions about immigration law is that a green card is the same as citizenship  –only without a passport or the ability to vote. But what many permanent residents do not realize is that they can be … Continue reading

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