I am an U.S. permanent resident(a.k.a. green card holder). I relocated to Asia about 2 years ago and haven't been back to the U.S. more than 1 year.
My PR card states it valid until year 2017. That's why I thought I didn't have to do anything to keep my PR status until 2017. I didn't know I should apply for re-entry permit "before" I left the U.S., so I didn't apply for one.
I heard from my friend that my PR status is not in good standing because I haven't been back to the U.S. more than 1 year. In addition, I need to have "re-entry permit" to enter the U.S. BUT, "re-entry permit" can NOT be applied from outside the U.S..
I have to go back to the U.S. in September for family functions. But I am stuck in a difficult situation: How can I enter the U.S. if my PR status isn’t in good standing and I cannot apply for re-entry permit outside the U.S..
I don’t want to give up my PR status. I lived in the U.S. for many years and I have paid U.S. tax for many years (and continue paying U.S. tax even since relocated to Asia). I have many friends and relatives there. We even bought a house there. I consider California as my home and want to move back there someday. It would be very difficult for me to give up my PR status.
I will be very appreciated if anyone can give me any advice on my situation or share your experience if you have similar issues, or recommend immigration lawyers in H.K. who are familiar with similar issues. Thanks a lot!