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greencard holder with dementia able to return to the US?

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I desperately need some advice here.

My mother got her green card in Sep 2007. In 2008, she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, and left for India in 2009 to live with my dad. I got her the 2-year Re-entry permit, which will expire end of July 2011.

In the meantime, her Alzheimer’s has only gotten worse – so much so that she cannot have any coherent conversation at all. She also has behavioral issues such as tantrums, temper flare-ups, hallucinations, etc. Sometimes, she can turn ballistic and literally create a scene. She is in the middle stage of Alzheimer’s, and my dad is her caregiver.

Now I am faced with the BIG challenge of bringing her back to the US so she can keep her permanent resident status. Assuming my dad can get all the medical documents for her condition, will they face any issues with Immigration in the US ?

Will my mother be denied admission into the country on the basis of her Alzheimer’s? I know they take an unkind view of mental disorders, but in her case, would they have compassion and let her join me here so I can take care of her at my home?

Any and all advice is really appreciated. My mind is running wild thinking of weird possibilities like detention in a mental asylum, deportation, etc. My poor mom wouldn’t know a thing, and I don’t want my 75 yr old dad to go through hell for this.

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    Your mother may need to apply for a re-entry permit since the current one has expired.

    Our firm may be able to assist you in this matter. My contact information is below should you require further information.

    Phone: 416-410-7484 x 224

    Kind Regards,


    Amber - Aug 25, 2011 | Reply

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