How long can a green card holder remain outside the USA?

An absence between 6 months and 1 year raises a rebuttable presumption that continuity of residence has been interrupted. An absence of 1 year or more “shall” disrupt the continuity of residence. However, there are exceptions:

  • Military service abroad
  • Employees working abroad
  • Legal permanent resident spouse of a United States Citizen working abroad for a US company
  • Spouse, child or parent of a United States Citizen who died in combat or spouse of person granted United States Citizen posthumously.