Skip to content

Reentry Permit Renewal: How to Renew Your Reentry Permit

Reentry Permit Renewal

A reentry permit is a travel document for green card holders. The main benefit of a reentry permit is that it helps to protect your status as a permanent resident, even if you need to leave the United States for long periods of time.


In this guide, I’ll discuss the reentry permit renewal process. When you’re finished reading, you should have a much better understanding of how to renew your reentry permit.


If you have any questions, or if you need help with your reentry permit renewal, please email me directly at





  1. Quick Introduction on Reentry Permits


  1. How to Renew Your Reentry Permit: Step-by-Step


  1. Can I Apply for a Reentry Permit Renewal if My Current Reentry Permit is Still Valid?


  1. How Many Times Can I Apply for a New Reentry Permit?


  1. Tips for Success


  1. Conclusion



1. Quick Introduction on Reentry Permits


What is a Reentry Permit?


A reentry permit is a travel document for U.S. permanent residents. It looks similar to a passport. It’s a small booklet with you photo, identifying information, and several pages to place stamps and visas within it.


Why Do I Need a Reentry Permit?


As a U.S. green card holder, you are required to maintain your permanent resident status. Leaving the U.S. for longer than 6 months can put your green card at risk. A reentry permit helps you by creating a legal presumption that you do not intend to abandon your green card based on your travel outside of the United States.


How Long is a Reentry Permit Valid For?


A reentry permits is usually valid for a period of 2 years from the date it is issued.


However, if you’ve been outside of the United States for more than 4 years total since becoming a permanent resident or within the last 5 years (whichever is less), your reentry permit will be valid for 1 year from the date it is issued.



2. How to Renew Your Reentry Permit: Step-by-Step


Many U.S. green card holders are in situations where they must remain outside of the U.S. beyond the expiration date of their reentry permit.


Here are some common situations:


  • Completing your education in another country


  • Temporary work assignment outside of the U.S.


  • Taking care of a relative in another country.



If you are in a situation where you must remain outside of the U.S. beyond the expiration of your reentry permit, you will likely need to apply for another reentry permit.


Technically, USCIS does not allow for a “renewal” of a reentry permit. The actual process requires you to apply for a new reentry permit.




How to Apply for a New Reentry Permit


  1. File Form I-131


  1. Attend Biometrics Appointment


1. File Form I-131


  • The I-131 is the Application for Travel Document (This is the form that is filed with USCIS to apply for a reentry permit).


  • You must be physically present in the United States when the Form I-131 is filed with USCIS.


  • Make sure to return to the U.S. before your current reentry permit expires. Otherwise, you could face serious consequences when trying to reenter the country.


  • There are several documents that should be included with your Form I-131.


2. Attend Biometrics Appointment


  • To qualify for a new reentry permit, you will have to attend a mandatory biometrics appointment within the United States.


  • The biometrics appointment is where your digital fingerprints are taken.


  • You will have to attend this appointment even though you already submitted biometrics for your previous reentry permit.


  • The biometrics appointment is usually scheduled by USCIS to take place about 2 months from the day you file your Form I-131.


  • If you cannot stay in the U.S. from the date of filing your reentry permit application until the biometrics appointment, there are several options to consider including: 1) leave the U.S. once the Form I-131 is accepted by USCIS and return for the biometrics appointment; 2) request expedited processing of your reentry permit application; 3) attempt a walk-in biometrics appointment with your biometrics appointment notice in-hand.



Requirements for Reentry Permit Renewal


  • You must be a lawful permanent resident
  • Your intent to depart the U.S. must be for a temporary period of time
  • You must file a Form I-131 along with supporting documentation
  • You must be physically present in the U.S. at the time your reentry permit application is filed and accepted by USCIS
  • You must attend a biometrics appointment



3. Can I Apply for a Reentry Permit Renewal if My Current Reentry Permit is Still Valid?


Yes, you can apply for a new reentry permit while your current reentry permit is still valid. To be exact, you can apply for a new reentry permit “up to 60 days before the expiration date of the previously issued re-entry permit to ‘allow time for receipting of the application and issuance of the ASC appointment before adjudications.’” (AILA’s NSC Liaison Committee Practice Tips for I-131).


Important Point


The reentry permit regulations clearly state that “an application for a reentry permit or refugee travel document will be denied if the applicant was previously issued a reentry permit or refugee travel document which is still valid, unless it was returned to USCIS or it is demonstrated that it was lost.” [8 CFR 223.2(c)1]


What this means is that if you are applying for a new reentry permit while your current reentry permit is still valid, you should include your current reentry permit with your application for the new reentry permit.


If you do not include your current valid reentry permit with your reentry permit application, this can be very problematic for your case. If the current reentry permit is not included in the filing, USCIS adjudicators are given instruction to issue a request for additional evidence (RFE) for you to return the reentry permit or explain the reason why you cannot return the reentry permit. The USCIS adjudicator is required to “resolve this matter satisfactorily before delivering the new permit.”



There is a limited exception to this general rule:


According to the USCIS Nebraska Service Center (NSC), if your application for a new reentry permit is filed with 30 days or less remaining on your current reentry permit, the application should be adjudicated without issuance of an RFE requesting the current reentry permit. It is unclear whether other Service Centers take this approach. (AILA’s NSC Liaison Committee Practice Tips for I-131).


What this means is that if your reentry permit application will be adjudicated at the Nebraska Service Center, and your current reentry permit is valid for 30 days or less (from the date of filing), then you do not need to include the current reentry permit with your new reentry permit application.


4. How Many Times Can I Apply for a New Reentry Permit?


  • The regulations do not limit the number of times you can receive a reentry permit.


  • So, technically, there is no set limit to the number of reentry permits you can receive.


  • However, if you’ve been outside of the U.S. for more than 4 years total since become a permanent resident or within the last 5 years (whichever is less), then your reentry permit will only be valid for 1 year instead of 2 years. [8 CFR Section 223.2(c)(2)]


  • Even though the regulations do not put a limit on the number of times you can receive a reentry permit, applying for multiple reentry permits can be problematic.


  • As a reentry permit applicant, your intent to depart from the U.S. should be for a temporary period of time. The more reentry permits you receive, the more difficult it becomes to establish that your departure from the U.S. is truly “temporary.”


5. Tips for Success


1. Work with an Experienced Immigration Lawyer


  • After getting approved for your first reentry permit, each subsequent reentry permit becomes increasingly more difficult to obtain.


  • An experienced immigration lawyer can work with you to develop your application properly and to clearly explain the need for the reentry permit.


2. Include Proper Documentation with Your Application


  • An experienced immigration lawyer can help you determine which documents to include.


  • The appropriate documentation for your case will depend on your specific situation.


  • Some general documents that should be included are: 1) copy of permanent resident card; 2) copy of photographic page of passport; 3) passport photos.


6. Conclusion


At this point, you should have a much better understanding of the reentry permit renewal process. Technically, a reentry permit is not renewed, instead you are required to apply for a new reentry permit.


To apply for a new reentry permit, you are required to file a Form I-131 with USCIS while you are physically present in the United States. You are then required to attend a biometrics appointment.


I know this is quite a bit of information to understand. If you have any questions, or if you need assistance with your reentry permit renewal, feel free to email me directly at I would be happy to help you!







  • AILA’s NSC Liaison Committee Practice Tips for I-131
Posted in

Leave a Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.

Need A Reentry Permit?

Mostafa Hilal
15:43 23 Sep 19
Michael is a very good lawyer. He took care of me throughout the process, he answered all my questions and provided me with all the information i need. He was very patient and professional with me when i had many requests. I would totally recommend him as your immigration lawyer and definitely would hire his services again in the future. Thanks Michael!read more
Majken Karoline Jensen
12:05 23 Sep 19
Michael Ashoori has handled my case very professionally and quickly. After one quick phone call he grasped my situation, beyond what I even felt able to explain, and quickly set up the necessary steps to initiate my travel permit for green card. It has worked seamlessly with Ashoori Law and working with Michael made me feel safe to know that everything would be handled the right way. Highly recommend them and would work with them in the future more
Sajan Varghese
09:18 19 Sep 19
Michael is a highly professional immigration lawyer dependable for any sort of immigration work. His dedication and passion in his work is highly appreciable. He was ready to answer for any of my queries without any hesitation. Whenever I wrote to him a reply will be in my inbox instantly. I have approached him for my re entry permit processing and it was done it meticulously. As an immigration lawyer, his passion and professionalism is exemplary. A very easily accessible gentleman at any time round the clock. I wish him all the best and recommending you for any sort of immigration more
Smitha Sivakumar
01:58 19 Sep 19
I approached Michael to apply for my reentry permit, He was very professional and fast at replying all my questions with expertise. He had explained the timeframes and never gave any false promises. I am very happy with his services and got my reentry permit approved within 2 months. I would highly recommend Michael and his law firm and I would definitely use his services again.Thank you Michael for all your more
Paul Aleo
22:41 09 Sep 19
Michael is a professional and dependable Immigration Lawyer who was a pleasure to work with. He took the time to answer any questions I had through the process and was readily available. I hired Michael to help me obtain a TN Work Visa in the United States and my application was successfully approved. I highly recommend Michael as an Immigration more
Mudassar Jawad
08:20 04 Aug 19
Thanks Michael for all your help and assistance. Really appreciate your prompt replies to all my inquiries as well, It was pleasure working with you. I strongly recommend Michael for his professional more
Ritesh Chutani
19:29 21 Jul 19
Michael has been very helpful with my reentry permit application. He has been very prompt in answering all the questions I had. He explained how I should go ahead with my application and has supported all along in last 3 months since the application process started. I highly recommend his more
Janny Chen
01:28 17 Jul 19
Mr. Michael Ashoori represented me to apply re-entry visa. It was my first time to look for a lawyer on the internet and he happens to be at a different time zone.The reason why I did that because my local lawyer who used to represent me in the past didn’t response to my email for more than 2 weeks. After several trials, I was forced to look for someone to help me.Honestly, I was a bit worried at the beginning. But after sending the first email request to Mr. Michael, I got a phone call and an email from him in less than 12 hours. After that, every time when I had a question, Michael always have a response in 24 hours. And all my questions always get answered immediately. I have never needed to ask the same question twice before getting an answer from him.After the biometric appointment, that waiting period felt like forever. But because of Michael’s professionalism, I had a peace of mind. I know that once he finds out the status, he will let me know right away.I highly recommend if anyone needs any professional help in immigration, Mr. Michael Ashoori is the person to go to.As always, Michael, thank you very much for your more
09:39 30 Jun 19
My immigration matter recently got resolved, and very thankful to Michael for making it happen! At the very first consultation, Michael understood the situation, provided insights based on his experience with other similar cases, and suggested a clear plan of action. Now, a few months later, I have a successful outcome, without having to stress during the application processing time.Very appreciative of his patience, and always promptly following through. Michael understands how stressful these matters can be, and has a calming and steadying presence.My highest recommendation, and I will gladly work with him for any future more
Masoud Shahidi
07:18 21 Jun 19
I have previously worked with several immigration attorneys but the service that I received from Michael Ashoori and his law firm was exceptional. I am so grateful for his passion, dedication, and professionalism and would like to express my profound appreciation for his assistance and prompt responses. Thank you more
ADe Bell
12:49 15 Jun 19
Michael was perfectly ready and perfectly timely responsive. It was the easiest process ever. This is the first time I use services from Ashoori Law and I can describe the experience in one simple word- PLEASURE to deal with professionals like more
Nick Wallingford
19:54 11 Jun 19
I was researching about how to complete an I131 travel document for my wife online and hands down the best explanation on how to do so was written by Michael Ashoori. I felt my case wasn’t clear-cut and I didn’t want to take any chances doing it myself so I reached out to Michael and to my surprise he wrote me back that same day. I also thought his price was reasonable, especially in comparison to other lawyers in my area. He has always answered my emails quickly and most importantly my wife’s travel document was approved just as he said it would be in the timeframe he presented to us in he beginning. If you’re someone who is looking for a professional, timely, and easily accessible immigration lawyer to help you or your spouse with immigration matters, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Michael Ashoori as your more
Sunil Timothy
13:52 11 Jun 19
Michael's advice has been truly helpful during my effort to procure an L1A visa for myself. He patiently answers the queries and gives excellent working advice for a successful result. Thanks a lot!read more
Suresh Ravi
09:36 21 May 19
I had to apply for a travel document, and in perusing the web for information, I came across Michael's Blog post, which was very detailed in explaining the intricacies of the travel document process and how best to approach each situation. I contacted Michael and he was very forthcoming with information regarding the process and was able to answer all my questions. I applied for my travel document, I-131, through Michael and am thoroughly satisfied with his professionalism, availability and knowledge of the entire process including the timing for each step of the process that paved the way for my I-131 to be approved.I would highly recommend Michael Ashoori for your immigration more
Swati Jain
20:26 16 May 19
We spoke to Michael regarding some advice on the naturalization process. He was a pleasure to interact with, patient with our questions, and very thorough with his advice. He is extremely responsive and flexible in accommodating his clients. I would recommend him to anyone who needs advice regarding immigration more
Admin Admin
23:33 15 May 19
Michael was quick, extremely easy to work with, professional, and always reachable. The entire process was straightforward. Thank you for making it so easy for me, Michael!read more
Miguel Lozano
14:45 02 May 19
If you want a world-class, take-you-by-the-hand service (and results), search no more…And let me explain real quick the 3 reasons why I say this about Ashoori Law:1. Clarity. At first, I wasn’t even sure if the service was the right fit for me. Heck, I didn’t even have the slightest idea of how the whole Visa process worked… NOT a problem.Michael had me on a call where he took his time to explain in detail everything I needed to know about how the process worked, my eligibility for the Visa, and every other question I had that I threw at him.BIG Bonus for me: there were some questions Michael didn’t have the answer to right there and then and he simply took some time to research and got back to me later on with the answers… instead of just coming up with BS (like some do).2. Communication. NEVER did I have a single call or email I didn’t receive a response to in less than 24 hours.You don’t want someone you have to be constantly chasing working on your case, do you?I can’t even imagine how frustrating that would be…With Michael, communication was ALWAYS clear and fast, just as you would expect from an expert.3. Certainty. There was absolutely no point during the process where I felt an ounce of doubt about whether I was doing the right thing or not.You know those buying decisions you start regretting the second after the purchase is made? Know that feeling?Well, this is not one of them.Michael and his team are so knowledgeable in their field that they have fool-proof systems in place that help you complete your paperwork and applications quickly and with ease.Since our first interaction, I felt I was dealing with people who knew their stuff.And those are the reasons why I feel comfortable recommending Ashoori Law…They took care of me as a mother takes care of her newborn.Thank you, Michael!read more
Ali Kasa
21:09 28 Apr 19
Mike is competent, prompt and diligent immigration attorney. He worked on our E2 case and what appeared to be a difficult case, he and his team got it approved. Thank you Mike for the great more
María Verónica Misle
16:40 26 Mar 19
I found out about Michael Ashoori Law Firm through the internet, when I started looking for advice regarding US Immigration Law. It called my attention that in its official website it was posted important, comprehensive information on different matters, and it invites customers to ask for direct responses. I decided to write a couple of emails about my personal situation, immediately responded by Michael at no cost. After having received those responses, I asked Michael for a quotation of legal services, which I compared to three more. In the end, I decided to hire Michael because his offer inspired me to trust and it was very competitive, and I definitely made the right choice. Michael was quite diligent when analyzing my case, filed the petition quickly and kept me posted about its evolution. My case was resolved favorably! That is why I have no hesitation in recommending Michael´ services for US Immigration Law. Maria Misleread more
Temesghen Ghde
08:01 26 Mar 19
After being fed up with the lack of expertise and lack of ease of communication at the previous law office I was handling my case, I have come to know Michael when I googled "Best Immigration Law in my area". I can guarantee you, Google wasn't misleading this time. Michael gave me a definite answer to my question and assured me that my case is possible, a question where previously I wasn't able to get an answer more than a "Maybe". And he delivered what he assured me. I am sure many lawyers also deliver, however, I am also sure that no lawyer is as easily accessible as Michael. I have never seen a lawyer who promptly responds to client messages at 11:30 pm. This guy is a pioneer in a Client-Attorney communication style. He re-invented the way how easily clients can call, text, email, and easily reach out their lawyer at any time to get a quick response. A business style other law firms should encourage more
Myunghwan Kim
23:07 10 Mar 19
I was not certain about writing the crucial document, but most of local attorneys were not taking my case or even very hard to make appointments to get consulting.In that situation, Michael was very friendly and easily accessible through online tools available in this era. Furthermore, he was very committed and responsive to our questions. We finally got approvals about our cases from USCIS and deeply appreciate all of his interactions with more
Richard Srikureja
13:14 19 Feb 19
Michael was a great help to me and my parents. He’s very professional and very fast at replying all my questions with expertise. I am very happy with his services and if I ever needed legal consultation again, I would definitely use his services again. Highly recommended!read more
Nasrin Nabipoor
01:17 12 Feb 19
I have a great experience with Michael. He helped to get a re-entry permit for my mother. During the process Michael was extremely attentive and offered considerable amount of his time to help us. He is absolutely professional and knowledgeable. My mother received her re-entry permit in less than 2 months in a situation that was not promising. The fee was reasonable and I strongly recommend Michael more
Mohammad Al Nahedh
17:50 21 Dec 18
We had a great experience with Mr. Ashoori. His responses were quick and professional. He was always helpful in giving updates and answers
Suparna D
19:26 11 Nov 18
Michael is a very knowledgeable and helpful lawyer. My husband and I used his law firm for an NIV US visa application, and Michael made the entire process hassle free and smooth. He was always available to answer any questions that we had, and guided us through the entire process. I recommend him!read more
Sanjeewa Ranatunga
16:04 26 Oct 18
I came to know Michael Ashoori through one of his YouTube videos as I needed information on applying for a travel document. That was the best video or source of information I could find online. I contacted Michael 3 months ago. I was running out of time. He was prompt to act and filled my case within a couple of days. It was easy to work with him, and he was quick to respond to any question. His fee was extremely reasonable. I contacted several other lawyers, and their fees were much higher than his. Overall, I'm impressed with his work ethic. More importantly, my case got approved within three months, and I already have my document. If you have any immigration related issue, please do not hesitate to contact Michael. Thank you, Michael, for keeping things simple and getting things done in more
Emma Wallace
08:08 15 Oct 18
Michael was extremely helpful in assisting my re entry permit application. He made the whole process very easy and straightforward. As I was based overseas we mostly corresponded by email and he always responded extremely promptly. I’ve recommended Michael to a friend and would recommend him for immigration assistance and legal advice. Thanks for your help, Michael!read more
Dawa Torbert
14:37 01 Aug 18
Michael offers exceptional customer service. He did a great job helping me with my re-entry permit. He always kept me updated on the progress both via email and by phone. The entire progress took less than 2 months. I highly recommend Ashoori more
20:59 23 Jul 18
He replies attentively and from the messages he sends, it shows how accommodating and concern he really is about any issues you have or information you need. Definitely worth every penny!read more
Yogesh Kandlikar
20:57 20 Jul 18
Thanks Michael for your help. It was pleasure working with Michael, i strongly recommend Michael to anyone who is looking to apply for re entry more
Adil Khan
11:41 12 Jul 18
It was indeed an eye opening consultation I had with Michael. He was very patient and well versed with the L1 Visa option I discussed with him. I truly endorse him for his services as an immigration Attorney and I wish him success in his future more
Muhammad Fahad Ashraf
00:14 26 Jun 18
Like any foreign investor to make his dream come ture, I was looking for the best yet the most-affordable Lawyer with E2 specialization to ensure the visa approval at the very 1st attempt. Not being satisfied with local legal firms especially for E2 Visa, we were referred to MICHAEL ASHOORI; known to be a Subject Matter Expert in E2. Our whole relation with Michael was over the phone but we NEVER felt at-distance due to his professional communication and collaboration skills. We were really impressed with his subject-related knowledge and his exceptional approach.At very 1st engagement with him over the phone,he walked us step-by-step through the standard process for E2 submission and answered all of our questions till our full satisfaction. Upon his analysis of our case, he customized his approach as per our legal situation and reccommended us the best fit-solution for our investment goals. He made the preparation of business/invetment documentation super-easy for me by providing the customized and easy-to-use templates. Him and his team frequently reviewed our documents and provided professional assistance to make appropriate enhancments as needed per USCIS standards. I have never experienced anyone as prompt professional towards his clients as he was. No matter, what time (business/after-business hours) I called him, received immediate & welcoming response. Michael kept me posted with status updates till I received Approval Notice from USCIS :)I am Glad MICHAEL represented me for my case. I WOULD RECCOMMEND MICHAEL TO ANYONE WHO WANTS SUCCESS IN E2 VISA APPROVAL AT THE VERY 1ST more
01:40 25 Jun 18
I took a consulting session from Michael, and he was simply spectacular. I found him very knowledgeable about the whole L1 process and about the options available for individuals who are interested to go via this option for their immigration. He clearly highlighted the challenges and opportunities regarding my case and pitfalls that need to be avoided. He took this call on a Sunday! I would recommend these guys for any of your L1 related work. Do try out the consulting session he offers so you get first hand view of more
ניסים חסיד
03:29 19 Jun 18
I would highly recommend him, he responds timely and very polite. Michael explains everything in easy to understand terms and will go over anything you do not understand. My process was taken care of faster !than I had expected. Great person to work withread more
Guru Kalle
17:13 06 Jun 18
Mr. Michael Ashoori is a great professional and immigration lawyer. Mr. Michael is knowledgable and advised me regarding my immigration situation. He was able to understand my case and he offered to contact my employer and help with my immigration matter. He is very professional and more
Matthew Khalili
01:06 04 Jan 18
Outstanding law firm. The attorney Michael Ashoori helped get a TN visa approval for me very smoothly. Michael was extremely attentive and offered considerable amount of his time to help me understand the process. He is not only extremely talented and knowledge in the field of immigration, he is also a great work ethic and integrity .read more
Arleo Dordar
18:15 27 Dec 17
Michael is thorough, patient, and puts in extra time to make sure you get approved. He works purely for results. I have a great experience with Michael and would recommend everyone to work with more
Next Reviews

Need A Reentry Permit?

U.S. Immigration Lawyer

Michael Ashoori, Esq.

I’m a U.S. immigration lawyer and I help families, professionals, investors, and entrepreneurs get visas, green cards, and citizenship to the United States.

Since starting my law firm, I’ve helped people from all over the world with their immigration needs. I’m very passionate, hard-working, and committed to my clients.

Got a question? Send us an email.

Need A Reentry Permit?

Scroll To Top