Once legal permanent resident (LPR) status is acquired (commonly referred to as securing a “green card”) maintaining this prized status becomes a chief concern. To maintain LPR status you must intend to make the United States your permanent home. For people who travel frequently and spend significant amounts of time outside the U.S. these absences can place their LPR status in jeopardy. The COVID-19 pandemic created myriad unprecedented immigration circumstances where legal permanent residents were or are stuck outside the U.S. for longer than anticipated, finding themselves in situations where they could lose their LPR status. This session addresses the circumstances under which prolonged absences can jeopardize LPR status and what steps may be taken to prevent losing it. It also addresses the impact that extensive absence from the U.S. can have on one’s eligibility to apply for U.S. citizenship down the line.
Key topics to be discussed:
Circumstances under which prolonged absences can jeopardize LPR status
Steps that may be taken to prevent losing LPR status
The impact of extensive absence on one’s later ability to apply for citizenship
Impacts of the pandemic on preservation of LPR status
Date: March 21, 2023
Becki Young | Grossman Young & Hammond, LLC
Becki Young, founding Partner, is a seasoned business immigration attorney with 30 years of experience in the field. She has represented more than 100 of the world’s most prominent hotels and restaurants, and facilitated the sponsorship of foreign professionals, trainees, interns and individuals of “extraordinary ability.” In addition to her hospitality practice, Becki regularly provides immigration law advice to clients in a broad range of industries, including investment banking and securities, information technology, nonprofit, manufacturing, and healthcare.
Becki’s depth of experience and knowledge of the intricate immigration landscape enable her to utilize a wide array of immigration solutions to serve her clients with a responsive and client-centric approach, for which she has received many accolades. She has guided numerous foreign nationals through the permanent residency process and has counseled U.S. employers on international recruitment and immigration issues. In addition to her work with employment-based clients, Becki has assisted many family-based applicants with complex U.S. immigration matters.
Previously, as Of Counsel with Baker & McKenzie in Washington, DC, Becki was a senior member of the firm’s Global Immigration & Mobility Practice, which received Band-1 recognition, the highest ranking by the client and peer review directory, Chambers Global. While there, she oversaw the implementation of a centralized global immigration model designed to address the mobility needs of the world’s largest companies. She directed the utilization of innovative information technology tools and procedures to enhance systems for work process automation, data integrity and quality control. Prior to joining Baker & McKenzie, Becki managed her own immigration law practice, focusing on employment-based immigration law.
Becki is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), serving on various committees and mentoring lawyers around the U.S. on business immigration issues. She frequently speaks at legal, business and hospitality conferences, and regularly contributes insight through published articles and commentary. Her engaging personality, extensive experience, and intricate knowledge of immigration issues enable her to address complex immigration issues in a clear, straightforward manner.
Yeon Me Kim | Grossman Young & Hammond, LLC
Senior Attorney Yeon Me Kim handles a wide variety of family and employment based non-immigrant and immigrant visa petitions. She provides skilled and steady guidance to clients to help them navigate through challenging immigration processes and achieve their goals despite complex issues. Her employment practice includes H-1B Specialty Occupation workers, R-1 Religious workers, and L-1 multi-national transfers, among others, while her family practice includes helping to unite spouses, parents, and children in the United States.
Before joining the firm in 2017, Yeon Me practiced for five years with the immigration practice at Chugh, LLP. Previously, she served the underprivileged Asian American population as an Immigration/Domestic Violence Fellow at the Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center where she focused on Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, U visas, and Violence Against Women Act protection, among other humanitarian forms of immigration relief. In addition, she worked as a law clerk at the Family Law and Mediation Center where she focused on family law. Prior to law school, she worked at Citibank Korea Inc. and completed an internship with the International Labor Organization in Manila, Philippines.
Yeon Me speaks Korean and English.
I. Circumstances under which prolonged absences can jeopardize LPR status | 11:00am – 11:30am
II. Steps that may be taken to prevent losing LPR status | 11:30am – 12:00pm
Break | 12:00pm – 12:10pm
III. The impact of extensive absence on one’s later ability to apply for citizenship | 12:10pm – 12:25pm
IV. Impacts of the pandemic on preservation of LPR status | 12:25pm – 12:40pm