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  •  I have a green card (1+ / 0-)
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    Dvd Avins

    and basically have to set foot upon American soil once a year to keep it valid.

    •  Incorrect!!! (2+ / 0-)
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      apip0115, DeathDlr73

      BAD ADVICE!!!

      People often get away with that for years.  But the law requires a person with lawful permanent resident status (green card) to actually reside permanently in the United States.  

      One trip a year doesn't come remotely close to cutting it!  Upon any arrival, or at other times, you could find yourself facing a ruling that you have abandoned permanent resident status, in which case the green card can be revoked and you can get deported.

      •  Calm down (1+ / 0-)
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        Firstly it is largely academic - not much point in going to the trouble of getting a green card if living in the US is not the intention.

        Secondly, that was taken from a US government website and information that I was given in the Chicago immigration office around 9 years ago now.

        Thirdly, how did you construe my comment as advice?

        •  Calm down (2+ / 0-)
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          DeathDlr73, WillR

          1. It's not academic.  This is a common issue.  For example, it's very common for the parent of an immigrant to get a green card and then return to live in the home country.  It's often devastating to their families if their green card is suddenly revoked.

          2. No, the U.S. government never said that on an official website.  I can believe that some idiot at an immigration office gave you bad information.  But you're aware, are you not, that such statements are not legally binding and have no force at all?

          3. Because it was tantamount to advice.  In any event, it was plain misinformation that actually could harm people.

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