Bayonne, NJ asked in Immigration Law for New Jersey

Q: Green card holder stuck abroad

Hi

I am a lawful resident that went to visit my family abroad in February and got stuck due to COVID-19. I am nearly 180 days outside the United States and not sure I can be back before they open the airport here. Can I be denied entry back to the states and be considered as abandoning my residency? I am also afraid to take a flight now since I am asthmatic and more vulnerable than others to contract the virus. Please advise what could be the worst scenario in my case.

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Kyndra Mulder
Kyndra Mulder
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  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • Jacksonville, FL

A: The US government is well aware of the situation and that many LPR's are victims of the same circumstance. Even so, contact your US consulate and advise them of your situation. Keep a record that you did so. Also keep a record to indicate that you have maintained a residence inside the USA. Should flights be available and ypu choose not to avail yourself of the available flights because you have asthma make sure to have an official medical diagnosis.

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