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Former Resident Alien

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I am a Canadian that moved to the states for two years in ’92-’94 after our family won Green Cards in a lottery.  At that time, we were given resident alien status.  Does that status expire?  Is there a way to find out if my Green Card is still valid?

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  1. alicia on Aug 07, 2011 Reply

    Permanent resident status be lost in several ways. For example, if you move to another country intending to live there permanently, remain outside of the U.S. for more than one year without obtaining a re-entry permit, or remain outside of the U.S. for more than two years after issuance of a re-entry permit without obtaining a returning resident visa, you may be found to have abandoned your permanent resident status.

    If you are in this situation, I recommend that you consult with an immigration lawyer to see what options you have to restore your permanent resident status.

    Green Cards issued since 1989 have an expiration date on the front of the card that indicates a 10-year validity before Green Card renewal is required. Since you were issued your Green Card about 10 years ago and the card has an expiration date on it, you should check the expiration date to see when your card needs to be renewed. However, please note that just because your Green Card has expired it does not mean that your permanent resident status has also expired.

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  2. Matthew Hunt on Aug 16, 2011 Reply

    Alicia, thanks for that answer I had the same question.

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