Returning Resident Visa

A permanent or conditional resident who has remained outside of the United States for longer than one year, or beyond the validity period of a Re-entry Permit, due to circumstances beyond their control, will require a new immigrant visa to request re-entry to the United States to resume permanent residence.

File an Application for Returning Resident Status Determination:

STEP 1: Schedule a Returning Resident Status Determination appointment at least three months in advance of your intended travel.  Call the U.S. Embassy Manila’s Visa Information and Appointment Service at (+632) 8548-8223 and (+632) 7792-8988.

STEP 2: Please bring the following to the scheduled interview appointment:

  • Print-out of the Appointment Confirmation Page
  • Completed Application to Determine Returning Resident Status (Form DS-117)
  • Non-refundable filing fee of $180 (or its local currency equivalent) to be paid at the Embassy’s consular cashier, in cash or a major credit card
  • Alien Registration Receipt Card, Form I-151 or I-551 (“green card”)
  • All valid and expired passports
  • Re-entry Permit (Form I-327), if available
  • Any supporting documents to justify the applicant’s failure to return to the United States
  • Evidence of dates of travel outside of the United States
  • Proof of your ties to the United States and your intention to return
  • Proof that your protracted stay outside of the United States was for reasons beyond your control

Notes:

  • Enter your updated email and contact number on your DS-117 on line three.
  • You will be required to reschedule if you arrive with an incomplete application.
  • Filing fee is non-refundable and is required prior to a decision on whether or not an applicant proceed to the visa application step.
  • You will need to be interviewed twice: once for your application for returning resident status, and later for the immigrant visa if the status is approved. An SB-1 applicant is required to establish eligibility for an immigrant visa and have a medical examination. Therefore, this involves paying initial filing fees, as well as subsequent visa processing fees and medical fees.

STEP 3: The interviewing officer will provide the applicant with an official determination notice after the interview.  The passport and alien registration card (“green card”) will be returned to the applicant.

If approved for Returning Resident Status, applicants must schedule a visa interview and follow the next steps to proceed with Immigrant Visa Interview Preparation, located HERE.

You can learn more about Returning Resident Visas at usvisas.state.gov.


The USCIS office in Manila closed in 2019.  The consular section is unable to respond to inquiries related to validity of or concerns related to legal permanent (or conditional) resident status.  Please direct those inquiries to USCIS at https://www.uscis.gov/about-us/contact-us.

The Visa Information and Appointment Service Center is open Mondays through Fridays, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Philippine Standard Time), except on Philippine and U.S. holidays.  Callers in the United States should call (703) 520-2235 on its Eastern Standard Time (EST) equivalent of operation hours.