Green Cardby Debbie McGoldrick
- A ten year old green card, where do my family and I stand?
- Advice on the fast approaching 2015 U.S. visa lottery
- Sponsoring offspring to come to the United States, the V visa
- U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services warns of phone scam
- How can I reclaim my expired Green Card that I received as a child?
"I have a green card that I received nine years ago, and there is an expiration date coming next year. I have been living on and off in Ireland for the past four years – mostly in Ireland. How will I renew the green card considering that much of my work and life is in Ireland? I definitely want to keep the green card. Is there a way to do this? What is the process for renewal, and would I be successful?”
If most of your life is centered in Ireland you don’t need a green card. You don’t say what your travel pattern is, but if you are using the green card as a short-term entry document this will eventually be discovered and your status as a permanent resident will be rescinded.
"I have a nephew who just arrived in the U.S. He is 22 and of course loves it here. He would like to stay into the fall, and I have a feeling even longer. He was told that his 90 day legal period ends on July 15. His mother is frightened about him becoming illegal over here and so am I, especially if someday he would like to return for good. Is there any way he could get more time on his visa than 90 days? If there was something even available to him for six months or a year he would love that – anything to keep him legal over here. He is also thinking about going to Canada for a short while to get another 90 day extension when he returns here, so as to avoid having to apply for a new visa. Is this possible?”
Your nephew entered the U.S. on the visa waiver program, available to citizens of Ireland and 36 other countries. The program allows travelers to visit the U.S. for up to 90 days for business or pleasure without having to obtain a visa from a U.S. consular post.