11. Is Biometrics Mandatory?
Yes, applicants between age 14 through 79 applying for reentry permit are required to complete the fingerprinting as part of USCIS biometric services requirements.
12. What Would Be the Consequence If a Lawful Permanent or Conditional Resident Departs the United States Without Getting the Biometrics Done?
If the applicant departs the United States before the biometrics are collected and does not return to attend the Biometrics appointment or reschedule the appointment , the application for reentry permit may be denied.
13. What Would Be the Consequence If a Lawful Permanent or Conditional Resident Departs the U.S. Without Obtaining a Reentry Permit?
Legal permanent and conditional residents must apply for reentry permit before leaving the United States if they plan to stay outside the U.S. for one year or more. Failure to do so may cause the permanent resident to lose permission to re-enter the country and their residency status.
NOTE: Legal permanent and conditional residents who stay outside the United States for less than one year are not required to apply for a Reentry Permit. They may reenter the United States on their Permanent Resident Card (Form I-551).
14. Can a Lawful Permanent or Conditional Resident File an Appeal If their Application for Reentry Permit Is Denied?
Yes, if the application for a reentry permit is denied, applicants can file an appeal. The denial letter will tell them how to appeal. Generally, they may appeal within 33 days of receiving the denial. The appeal must be filed on Form I-290B. The I-290B must usually be filed with the USCIS Phoenix Lockbox.