Jun 30, 2012, 2:29 PM
Post #16 of 20
I must admit as you have gotten my curiosity up Vichil! (smiling)
Re: [Vichil] Renewing USA Green Card While in Mexico
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When you did get your "reentry permit" were you allowed to keep your same "Permanente Resident Card" that you had never renewed?
My "Permanente Resident Card" is actually an off white color, although we have always called them a "green card". Even today in the USINS office and yes, it is still called that . . . at least on the front door of the office in Texas I went to.
The renewal form I had to use is called the I-90. It was at a cost of $495.00. Then it is mailed back and the person has to go again to the office for additional biometrics to be taken. Then you are good to go for another ten years.
By the way, a person holding a "Green Card" is allowed to stay out of the USA for a year and more continuously as long as they can prove (paying taxes, real estate property ownership and / or some other reasons available from a list of other reasons, if one will only request such before a departure from the USA, or even if you have actually already left the country, as long as you have not announced your intentions to not to return to the USA. Until a person actually takes such measures as actually taking up another countries citizenship (not to be confused as actually taking the oath of allegiance to another country), one has not "legally announced he would not be returning to the USA.
I have also found out that now any veteran of any period of war dating back (now) to the First World War after serving honorably in the U.S. Armed Forces during a period of war, has the right to immediately take a test to be a citizen of the USA if he / she so chooses. This is actually a "Landed Immigrant" status card into the USA more (today) commonly known as a "Permanente Resident Card". Nowhere in the law is it "required" for a "landed Immigrant" to become a U.S. Citizen, however a landed immigrant granted permanent residence status must comply with all laws of the country.
What was also interesting to me, was the government office offered either a fee waiver or partial fee waiver for folks living below the U.S. poverty level. That was a little difficult to swallow for me, especially when one is required not to a financial burden on the state or country!
Whichever way anyone decides to go just be prepared for "sticker shock"!!!!!, unless of course you qualify for their poverty line fee waiver. (smiling)
(This post was edited by robt65 on Jun 30, 2012, 2:48 PM)