Concord, CA asked in Immigration Law for California

Q: My wife is a Canadian citizen, & just received her Green Card on 02/11/22. Is she required to spend 180 days in the U.S?

Presently she is in the process of taking care of personal details and this may impact those 180 days. Would there be a problem if she does not spend 6 months here in the first year?

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Nadine C. Atkinson-Flowers
Nadine C. Atkinson-Flowers
  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • Philadelphia, PA

A: Congrats to her. She can return to Canada to finish her business there. If she stays out of the USA for more than a year that is when she will have a problem because US immigration may say she has abandoned her residency. She can seek specific legal advice from an attorney as there are things that can be done to make sure she does not have a problem if the business to be completed takes a long time.

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