Returning Resident Visa

If you are a Legal Permanent Resident (LPR) who remained outside the U.S. for longer than one year or beyond the validity period of a re-entry permit, you will require a new immigrant visa to enter the U.S. and resume permanent residence.  If you remained outside the U.S. due to circumstances beyond your control you may qualify for a returning resident (SB-1) which would allow for re-entry and the resumption of permanent residence in the United States.   Please follow the instructions below to determine your qualification If you cannot meet the requirements to qualify for Returning Resident status, please refer to the USCIS website on information about available immigration categories.

To apply for a returning resident (SB-1) visa

  1. Send us an email at requesting an appointment for a returning resident.
  2. Please prepare the following and bring them to your appointment:
    • Form DS-117
    • Current and expired passports
    • Green card (if still in your possession)
    • $180 non-refundable fee
    • Proof of circumstances beyond your control that prevented your return to the United States in a timely manner

Important Notice Regarding Document Submission

Immigrant visa applicants must submit the required documents in advance of their interview dates.  Failing to provide a complete document package in advance will delay visa processing.  If you do not provide a complete document package in advance of your interview, your interview may be cancelled and you may be asked to schedule a different interview date online.

Jordanian citizens, residents of Jordan, and applicants already in Jordan:  One to two weeks before your interview, you must send your complete document package with Aramex or drop it off at the U.S. Embassy between 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. any day that the embassy is open.  These hours are for document drop-off only; we will not be able to assist with cases or answer questions during this time.  You should submit all documents no more than two weeks before your interview and no later than one week before your interview.

Non-Jordanian citizens who do not reside in Jordan and applicants traveling to Jordan for interview:  You should arrive in Jordan five days before your interview and conduct your medical exam.  Three business days before your interview, you must drop off your complete document package at the U.S. Embassy between 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.