Immigration Issues/re- entry permit

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sir,
i am a green card holder having last departed usa on aug.16th,2005 without applying for re-entry permit.  i am unlikely to visit the US before june,2007. can i apply for a re-entry permit while my stay in india or is there any other way i can avoid lapse of my green card?
ullhas

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You must be in U.S. when you apply for re-entry permit. You either have to make a trip back here before 8/16/06 or you have to take your chances and get a new passport before you come back and if they ask you tell them you have only been out a few months. If you check with the Embassy after 8/16 they will take your green card away and make a note in the system.

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Robert

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