Can I lose my green card for having studied and worked outside of the US without a permit?

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Can I lose my green card for having studied and worked outside of the US without a permit?

I would like to apply for a green card for my husband and am worried about losing my own green card.

Asked on March 1, 2012 under Immigration Law, Montana

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SB, Member, California / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

It really depends on how long you have been outside the US without having a valid travel document.  As a permanent resident you cannot spend more than 6 months outside the US without it affecting your status.  If you are outside the US for more than a year, you can lose your green card status due to abandonment.


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