A Re Entry Permit looks similar to a passport and can function like a passport.
Lawful permanent residents or conditional permanent residents who plan to travel outside the United States for more than one year, but less than two years, may apply for a Re Entry Permit.
A Re Entry Permit has two basic functions:
- A Re Entry Permit allows a U.S. permanent resident to re-enter the United States after traveling abroad for longer than one year but less than two years.
- The Re Entry Permit can serve as a passport for a U.S. permanent resident if he/she has no passport and cannot obtain it from the country of his/her nationality.
Without a Re Entry Permit, a permanent resident that is outside the country for more than a year will most likely be denied re-entry into the U.S. on the ground that he/she has abandoned his or her permanent resident status. The Re Entry Permit is intended to prevent this problem.
Even with a Re Entry Permit, a permanent resident's absence of more than 180 days from the United States may disrupt the 5-year continuous residence requirement for naturalization.