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Permanent Residence Card - What is a green card?

Green cards are issued by the United States Citizenship & Immigration Service (USCIS) to foreign nationals who are permanent residents of the U.S. Green cards allow permanent residents to travel to and from the United States without obtaining travel permits and immigrant visa. The green card is actually a permanent immigrant visa that provides the foreign national the opportunity to travel outside the United States without obtaining a re-entry permit. However, U.S. permanent residents who travel outside the U.S. for 180 days or more need to obtain a travel document or a re-entry permit prior to departnture. Depending on the situation, the USCIS may determine that the foreign national has the intent to abandon his or her permanent residency if the person traveled 180 days or more. Additionally, if the travel is one year or more, the USCIS can determine that the person actually abandoned U.S. permanent residency status. Before you travel outside the U.S, it is advisable that you need to contact the Houston Immigration Attorneys and the Southwest Houston Immigration Lawyers at the Law Offices of Steven Tuan Pham for a personal consultation with respect to your rights and obligations as permanent residents.

Please contact the Houston Immigration Lawyers and the Houston Immigration Lawyers if you have any questions regarding green card applications. You are invited to contact the experienced Houston immigration attorneys of the Law Offices of Steven Tuan Pham at 713-517-6645. You can also submit an inquiry through our Houston Immigration Attorney’s Online Inquiry.


Immigration Law is a vast area of law and every situation is unique. You should NOT rely on the limited information on this general site in replacing a personal consultation with an experienced Houston Green Card Immigration Lawyer or an experienced Houston Adjustment of Status Attorney. There may be legal issues, depending on the facts and circumstances, that go to the merit of the case in which you may not be aware. Please feel free to give us a call at 713-517-6645 , or to contact us online, for more information. Call the Houston Immigration Green Card Application Lawyers and the Southwest Houston Adjustment of Status Application Lawyers at the Law Offices of Steven Tuan Pham. today at 713-517-6645 or complete our Online Contact Form. Our Houston Immigration Lawyers will contact you shortly.