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Old 08-15-2009, 06:13 PM
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Default Duration of stay outside US on Re-entry Permit

Hi,
My parents got their second Re-entry Permit approved (applied through Application I-131) in first week of Jan 2008. This rentry permit is valid for 2 years (i.e. till Jan 2010). They had applied for the second Re-entry Permit on 16th Feb 2007. And after applying it they left 19th Feb 2007.

They are planning to return to US in Jan 2010 before the Re-entry Permit expiration. I read on this and other forums that with Re-entry Permit a US resident can live outside for more than 1 year and less than 2 years.

In my parent's case, when they will return back to US in Jan 2010, they will already have spend 3 years outside US.

I was concerned that the 2 year stay limit will be counted from the day my parents left US or the day when the Re-entry Permit got approved?

Secondly, Is there any limit on number of times a Re-Entry Permit can be applied?
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I read on this and other forums that with Re-entry Permit a US resident can live outside for more than 1 year and less than 2 years.
Not true. There is no limit, except that eventually US immigration may decide that the person has relinquished their permanent residence if they stay outside the US for many years.

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Secondly, Is there any limit on number of times a Re-Entry Permit can be applied?
No, the first 2 are for 2 years each, and then one year at a time. Again, CIS will eventually question whether the applicants really intend to return here.
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