A permanent resident (called lawful permanent resident or LPR) or conditional resident (CR) who has remained outside the United States for longer than one year, or beyond the validity period of a Re-entry Permit, will require a new immigrant visa to enter the United States and resume permanent residence. You can learn more about Returning Resident Visas on usvisas.state.gov.
To apply for a Returning Resident (SB-1) visa, visit http://www.ustraveldocs.com/in and schedule a Consular interview using Category 2 appointment slot. You can schedule an interview at either the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi or the U.S. Consulate in Mumbai. You must bring the following documents to the interview:
- Completed Form DS-117;
- A valid passport;
- Two identical 2 x 2 inches photographs;
- A rupee bank draft drawn on a nationalized or foreign bank. If visiting the U.S. Embassy, the bank draft must be issued in the name of “U.S. Embassy, New Delhi”, and should be payable in New Delhi. If visiting the U.S. Consulate General in Mumbai, the bank draft must be issued in the name of “U.S. Consulate General, Mumbai”, and should be payable in Mumbai. Current fees for submitting an application for determining Returning Resident status can be found here. As the consulate rate of exchange can change, check the current consular rate of exchange here the day prior to your interview. Please note that visa fees are not refundable;
- LPR card;
- Evidence to demonstrate that your protracted stay outside of the U.S. was for reasons beyond your control