Voluntary Relinquishment of Legal Permanent Resident Status
Individuals who have green cards may realize that they no longer wish to retain their permanent resident status for a variety of reasons — plans change and they do not plan to reside in the United States; or it is difficult to maintain status for economic reasons, such as American taxes and employment opportunities. For such individuals, they may voluntarily give up their green card at the nearest consulate or USCIS office and obtain a visitor’s visa. Because of the serious ramifications of such a decision, one should not undertake such a decision lightly. In addition to immigration counsel, one should consult with a US tax specialist to understand the implications of giving up LPR status.
The procedure for relinquishment is an official one — it takes place under oath, in the presence of an American officer, who takes the green card from the individual. Once the green card is relinquished, permanent residency status may be attained only by starting all over again — qualifying under a family, employment, or other category.
How does White & Associates help?
We have helped numerous individuals give up their US permanent resident status. First, it is necessary to discuss the advantages, disadvantages and consequences of this serious step. What may seem like a good idea today may not be a year or two from now. It is very important to make this decision with a
If the decision is made to relinquish the green card, we prepare the
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