If you are an immigrant living in the United States as a lawful permanent resident, you may still have family and friends whom you wish to visit in your native country, or it may simply be important for you to return to your country of origin occasionally to maintain a connection with your heritage. Fortunately, international travel is often possible for permanent residents, but it is important that you plan accordingly to ensure a smooth reentry and avoid negatively impacting your immigration status or chances of naturalization.
Preparing for International Travel as a Permanent Resident
Before traveling outside of the United States, you should make sure that you have all of the necessary documentation for exit and re-entry. This typically includes your passport from the country where you currently have citizenship, or in some cases your refugee travel document, as well as your Green Card and any travel visas required by the country to which you are traveling.
You should also be aware of any travel restrictions affecting your destination. The U.S. and countries throughout the world may restrict incoming or outgoing travel from certain locations, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, and it may be best to wait to plan a trip until a time of greater stability and lower health risks....