If a US green card holder gives up their green card, can they apply for a visitor visa?
QUESTION: If a green card holder living outside the US no longer wishes to pursue getting his/her American citizenship – can he/she let go of the green card and apply for a simple travel visa without being adversely affected?
THE IMMIGRATION ANSWER MAN – ARI SAUER: I have previously posted about giving up a green card (also known as abandoning permanent residence).
Someone who abandons their permanent residence can later apply for a visitor visa. As with all applicants for a visitor visa to the US, they will need to show that their ties to their home country are stronger than their ties to the US, and that they are unlikely to remain in the US. This can sometimes be tougher for foreign nationals who have been living in the US as permanent residents. So giving up permanent residence does not guarantee that the person will be able to obtain a visitor visa soon afterwards, but it is an option.
Answered on January 4, 2016.
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