Can you reinstate your visa after being away for an extended period of time? 4 Answers as of July 24, 2011My partner had a US green card and lived in england for six years then tried to re-enter at customs. He was made to sign a form to give up his green card and enter with a 3 month tourist visa which expired dec 2009, he is still there to date and believes he is able to have his green card re-instated mainly on the grounds that he left when he was a minor (17). Is it even possible to have it reinstated especially with such a long time out of the US, or is he better off just coming back to england to reapply- obviously he has overstayed and is working in the USA with his old SSN and using the same green card which doesnt actually expire until 2013- is he even likely to get his old one back or even get a new one and what will happen when he leaves the US considering his overstay?
Law Office of Immigration & International Trade Law | Linda Liang
If he abandons his green card, he lost his permanent residency. If he overstays his visa, he is subject to 3-10 years immigration bar. If he wants his green card back, he needs to start over the process.
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