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QUESTION: If I submit an I-407 form to abandon my green card, and I later decide I want a green card again, can I reapply?
THE IMMIGRATION ANSWER MAN – ARI SAUER:
Submitting an I-407 to the consulate gives up, or abandons, your U.S. Permanent Residence (green card). You no longer retain any of the benefits of being a U.S. Permanent Resident. If you later change your mind there is now way to reverse the process. If you wish to be a U.S. Permanent Resident again you will need to start all over again. You will need to have a basis for obtaining the residence (such as a sponsoring family member or employer). Depending on the basis for your eligibility to apply, the process to reapply for residence again could take several months or it could take many years.
You should consult with an immigration law attorney before submitting an I-407 and abandoning your residence.
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