My apologies. I am a practicing attorney with my own firm. I am not given a salary to be behind the computer all the time. Interestingly enough, this morning I was busy doing some charity work for underserved children in the community, specifically helping to distribute school supplies to 4 different area schools that are in rough areas. As such, I was not able to get back behind a computer until now. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
As to your questions, they are straightforward questions, but U.S. immigration law is very complicated. When I ask questions, it is because I care and I go above and beyond what is asked for so that I can earn an excellent rating. Perhaps you believe this website is a scam and you are nervous, but I assure you that it is a legitimate. I feel that I must remind you that I originally responded to you within 15 minutes and then you never replied back, so then almost an hour later, I responded again and you did not reply until over 3 hours later. At that time, I did connect with my laptop and had an answer already written out but I lost connection just as we arrived to one of the schools. I had to re-type my answer which now I am able to do. Again, I thank you for your patience and understanding.
Let's start with your green card. Luckily, there is no law that requires you to renew an old green card like that. When you travel and come back, a CBP officer will most likely stop you and try to scare you into renewing it. You should very firmly but gently and kindly tell him that you are aware that you are not required to renew such a card. That you are aware that in September 2007, USCIS attempted to promulgate regulations to require such a renewal but that they never went through. So for now, there is no such requirement. He or she will probably get a little upset, but stand your ground because you are not required to renew it. IF you want to renew it on your own, it would require filing of an I-90. Here is a link:
But keep in mind that it will cost you $450 and that you will then have to renew every 10 years because those cards do require that you renew them. The ones that have no expiration date do not have such a requirement. Keep in mind that if you decide to renew, the price of renewal will probably go up every few years.
As far as how much time you should be staying in the U.S., that would be about 180 days or more out of every 12 month. Remember, they call it Residency because you are supposed to be "residing" in the U.S. to maintain it.
Anyone that is a Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) and is outside of the U.S. for 180 days or more within any 12 month period (not necessarily calendar year) creates a rebuttable presumption of abandonment of residency. That presumption can be rebutted by evidence to the contrary such as filing U.S. taxes, maintaining a home in the U.S. and paying that mortgage or rent, maintaining a U.S. drivers license, U.S. bank accounts with significant movement, etc.
Someone that has been outside of the U.S. for more than 1 year without first having an approved re-entry permit has abandoned their residency and only in very few exceptions (such as serious illness) can they get it back.
Here is an official link:
This may become a problem in one of your trips back into the U.S., when you apply to renew your residency card, or when you apply for U.S. Citizenship.
Also, you won't be able to solve with by applying for U.S. Citizenship because you have to have at least 30 months of physical presence in the U.S. out of the 60 months previous to applying.
In order to avoid problems in the future if you still need to spend more time outside of the U.S., you would need to apply for a Re-Entry Permit which is done on form I-131. Here is a link:
This will allow you to be outside of the U.S. for up to 2 years. If you need more time, you come back and apply for 2 more years. After that, they get harder and harder to get and they usually only issue them for 1 year at a time. At some point, you will need to start living/residing in the U.S.
Again, I apologize for the delay, but as you can imagine, I had a busy morning helping the children of the community.
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