Re-Entry Permit Law and Legal Definition

Legal Permanent Residents (Green Card holders) who know in advance that they will have to remain outside the US for over one year, shall apply for a re-entry permit. A re-entry permit preserves the green card and proves that an individual does not intend to abandon his/her permanent residence while outside the US. In order to file an application for a re-entry permit, the alien should be physically present in the United States.

Re-entry permits are issued for a period of two years and it can be extended for an additional period of two years under certain circumstances. A re-entry permit is generally a declaration of an individual’s intention to maintain United States permanent resident status during a prolonged absence from the United States. The official name of a re-entry permit is “Form I-131, Application for Travel Document.”