Washington, DC asked in Immigration Law for District of Columbia

Q: Is there any updates or exceptions on green-card holder’s laws after pandemic to stay abroad more than 6 months?

How many months a green card holder can stay outside of United States without having any problems to enter the US again?

Should green card holder shows any proof that how many months he or she has been outside of the US?


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Rebecca Niburg
Rebecca Niburg
  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • Laurel, MD
  • Licensed in District of Columbia

A: Good morning,

The 6 month rule is less a rule and more of a guideline. Especially during these times, I certainly would make sure you had information about how COVID and travel restrictions have impacted your ability to be in the US. It will come down to whether you intended to abandon your residence here so any information you can provide showing that was not what you meant to do will be helpful. Unfortunately, we have not seen any sort of clear guidance about this so the best you can do is gather as much evidence as possible in case it becomes an issue. I would be happy to discuss this matter with you in more depth in a consultation to help you develop a plan, please feel free to contact me if that would be helpful for you.

Becca Niburg

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