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My mom-in-law is 79 years old. she is Green card holder. She went to India on 5/26/2009. She wants to come back now. Her GC is valid for another year. Is there any other way to bring her back. Please advice.

Thank you in advance,
Asma hassan

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I am assuming that your mother-in-law does not have re-entry permit.

Thus, unless she has a compelling reason (such as medical inability to return to the U.S.) for staying abroad for one year, she has effectively abandoned her permanent resident status.

Sponsorship for her green card process can be started again with the USCIS. For example, if your wife is a U.S. citizen, she can sponsor her mother by filing an I-130 petition.

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I can answer your questions on employment and family-based U.S. Immigration Law. Expertise in various immigration categories includes the following: H-1B, L-1, O-1, PERM (labor certification), EB-1 to EB-3 I-140 employment-based immigrant petitions, family or fiance(e) or spousal sponsorship, visa extension or change of status, adjustment of status, naturalization (citizenship), etc.

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Ajay K. Arora attended Pennsylvania State University and the University of Wales at Swansea (United Kingdom), and earned his law degree at Temple University School of Law, Philadelphia, in 1993. Mr. Arora has practiced Immigration Law since graduation and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association since 1995.

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Ajay K. Arora attended Pennsylvania State University and the University of Wales at Swansea (United Kingdom), and earned his law degree at Temple University School of Law, Philadelphia, in 1993. Mr. Arora has practiced Immigration Law since graduation and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association since 1995.

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