Returning Resident Visa

A lawful permanent resident (also called an LPR or a green card holder) including a conditional resident (CR) who has remained outside the United States for longer than one year, or beyond the validity period of a re-entry permit, will require a new immigrant visa to enter the United States and resume permanent residence. You can learn more about Returning Resident Visas on www.usvisas.state.gov In addition to this link, a quick reference guide is below.

PLEASE NOTE: If you are not approved for Returning Resident (SB1) in STEP ONE, then you should not proceed to STEP TWO. If you are not approved for Returning Resident (SB1) status then you may have to regain your permanent resident (LPR or green card status) by pursuing the petition process with USCIS.

You can download form DS-117 here (PDF 702 KB).