Immigration Issues/Permanent resident alien living outside U.S. for 1 year or more
I hold a UK passport but have been a permanent resident alien in the US with a green card since 1970. My husband is American and I have 4 grown children who were all born and raised in the US. At the end of Nov 2007, my mother, who is 78, was diagnosed with terminal leukemia. I immediately returned to the UK to care for her and my father, who is 80. The prognosis is that she will survive for up to 1 year to 18 months and I would like to remain here to continue her care. What can I do to protect my permanent resident alien status as I know there are requirement regarding the amount of time you can spend outside the US each year as a green card holder. I will be returning to the US on occasion to see my US family and attend to matters pertaining to my home where I live in Florida. I intend to return to the US to resume my life once my mother passes and her estate is in order.
I appreciate your assistance in this matter.
If you come here once every 6 months you do not need to do anything. If not, I would apply for a reentry permit that will alow you to stay out for 2 years. You need to be here to file for that so when you return next time you can file the I-131.