Although the ability to travel in and out of the United States is one of the benefits of having U.S. lawful permanent residence (a green card), it is not an unlimited right. Green card holders must take precautions when traveling, in order to avoid issues of inadmissibility upon return, and allegations that they have made their true home elsewhere and thus abandoned their U.S. residence and forfeited their right to a green card. Find out more here.
How to Travel Outside the U.S. With a Green Card
Though you have the right to travel, some cautions are in order.
If You've Received Public Benefits, Leaving U.S. Risks Being Refused Reentry
Though green card holders are eligible for some public benefits, that doesn’t make receiving them risk-free.
Don't Lose Your Green Card Due to Long Absence From U.S.: Get a Reentry Permit
Reentry permits and other options for lawful permanent residents taking a trip outside the U.S. or stranded overseas.
Reapplying for Family-Based Permanent Residence After Abandoning U.S. Residence
Got a green card, lived abroad for a year or more, and now want to return? Here are some options.