If you have a permanent visa, you may be wondering if traveling to another country will have any effect on your status. The answer is complicated and depends on a number of factors, such as the country you are visiting, the length of your stay, and the type of visa you have.
There are two types of visas: immigrant and non-immigrant. Immigrant visas are intended for people who want to live permanently in the United States, while non-immigrant visas are for people who want to live in the United States temporarily. Which type of visa you have will affect whether or not traveling to another country will impact your status.
If you have an immigrant visa, traveling generally will not impact your status as long as you do not plan on being gone for an extended period of time, usually more than six months.
However, if you plan to leave the U.S. for an extended period of time (more than six months), you will need to get obtain what is called a Re-entry Permit to return to the United States. Before you make travel plans, it’s best to check with an immigration lawyer in Utah if you plan to travel outside of the U.S. to make sure your visa will still be valid when you return.
If you have a non-immigrant visa, traveling to another country can potentially affect your status. You should always confirm that you have a valid visa in your passport before you leave the U.S. There is a possibility that your visa could be revoked if U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) determines that you entered on a non-immigrant visa such as a visitor or student visa but your intention is to reside permanently in the United States.
The answer to whether traveling will affect your permanent visa status depends on several factors. If you have an immigrant visa, traveling usually does not impact your status if you do not plan on being gone for more than 6 months. However, if you have a non-immigrant visa, traveling can potentially affect your status if upon entering the U.S., USCIS determines that you intend to reside in the United States on a permanent basis.
Before traveling from Salt Lake City outside of the United States, it’s important to consult with a visa attorney in Utah, to review your immigrant or non-immigrant status and prepare any appropriate documents (if necessary). They will make sure that you’re taking the right steps for a smooth trip and help you avoid any delays or complications when returning to the U.S.
If you are in the Salt Lake City, UT, area and have questions about work visas, green cards, or other immigration concerns, contact the experienced immigration attorneys at Buhler Thomas Law, P.C.