The Re-entry Permit is a travel document issued by U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (“USCIS”). It allows lawful permanent and conditional residents to travel abroad and return to the U.S. without having to obtain a returning resident visa from a U.S Embassy or consulate.
- A permanent or conditional resident should apply for a re-entry permit if they intend to be outside of the U.S. for one (1) year or more on a single trip. Those that will be outside of the U.S. for six (6) months or more on a single trip are encouraged to apply.
- A permanent or conditional resident must be physically present in the U.S to file the re-entry permit application and at the time biometrics are captured.
- However, the permanent or conditional resident does not need to be in the U.S when the application for re-entry permit is approved as long as the permanent or conditional resident’s biometrics were previously provided.
- A re-entry permit may be reissued only if the prior valid re-entry permit has been returned to USCIS or when the permanent or conditional resident shows that s/he has lost his/her original re-entry permit.
- A re-entry permit will not be issued if travel to the intended destination is prohibited by law.
Period of validity:
- Re-entry permits are initially valid for two (2) years. A second re-entry permit can be issued for another two-year period. Thereafter, the permits are issued in one (1) year increments, but not indefinitely.
- To obtain a reentry permit, the permanent or conditional resident should file an application with USCIS at least 60 days before the intended date of travel. The applicant will also need to appear for a biometrics appointment.