Green Cardby Debbie McGoldrick
- Renewing my nine year old green card having lived in Ireland
- Extending your stay with a 90 day holiday waiver - is it possible?
- Renewing my Irish child’s US passport without getting her American Dad involved
- Having divorced my American wife can I get my new Irish girlfriend a visa?
- I-94 arrival and departure cards in United States will soon be obsolete
"A friend of mine returned to Ireland in 1994 and surrendered her green card. She lived in the U.S. for 30 years and currently receives Social Security benefits. She is now interested in returning to the U.S. to live with her daughter and family. She would like to re-apply for her old green card enabling permanent residency. What does she need to do?”
The old green card she had cannot be reclaimed. Those who surrender their legal status cannot retrieve it at a later time.
"I am an Irish native and an American citizen. I have been living in the U.S. for eight years – I got my green card through the visa lottery. Before I came here I had a relationship at home and I fathered a son who is now 11. His mother and I are on good terms; she never married and is thinking of coming here as she recently lost her job in Ireland. “I am wondering what I can do to help facilitate this. Because I am a citizen I presume I can sponsor my son for a green card? And even though we are not married, is there anything that I could do for his mother, sponsorship-wise? Marriage isn’t on the cards for us, but we are close and share a child and would like the chance to raise him together. I know this sounds strange, but I would really appreciate your advice.”
It doesn’t sound strange at all, but unfortunately there isn’t much that you’ll be able to do for your former girlfriend as far as sponsorship and legalization goes.