Immigration Issues/Green Card Options

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Hello Ajay,

I and my wife are Green Card holders for 2 years.  My son (4 years old) in a US citizen.  I have to relocate to China for work with a multinational company.  I am currently based in Shanghai for the past few months.  I will be making business trips to the US once a year, but not sure about my wife.

1.  Based on your experience, what would be the best way to maintain our Green Cards?
2.  If I maintain my Green card (through visits to the US), but my wife has to give up her card, can we reapply for her Green card when we need it, using any expedited process?

Thank you so much for your assistance.  

Murtuza

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Hi,

If you want to maintain your green card, I recommend that you lease or have a mortgage on a home in the U.S., pay all taxes as a resident of the U.S., have a bank account, credit card(s), a couple of utility bills, valid driver's license, etc. and enter the U.S. at least one per year for at least a couple of weeks, but preferably a minimum of a few weeks. Alternatively, you can enter once every six months for a few days.

If your wife abandons her green card, you can sponsor your wife either in the F2A category or when you become a U.S. citizen. See www.h1b1.com/sponsor.htm and www.h1b1.com/Uscitizen.htm

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Ajay K. Arora

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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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American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) full member since 1995.

Education/Credentials
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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