Applying for Returning Resident Visa

If you wish to apply for a Returning Resident (SB-1) immigrant visa, you should submit the following forms and documents:

• A completed Application to Determine Returning Resident Status, Form DS-117;
• Your original Permanent Resident Card, Form I-551;
• Your Re-entry Permit (if applicable).

You must also submit supporting documents that show the following:

• Dates of travel outside of the U.S. (Examples: airline tickets, passport stamps, etc.)
• Proof of your ties to the U.S. and your intention to return (Examples: tax returns, and evidence of economic, family, and social ties to the U.S.)
• Proof that your protracted stay outside of the U.S. was for reasons beyond your control (e.g. medical incapacitation)

Please mail the forms and documents to:

U.S. Consulate General
Immigrant Visa Unit
Giessener Str. 30
60435 Frankfurt

U.S. Consulate General
PSC 115 Box 1011
DPO AE 09213-0115

After we have reviewed the documents, we will schedule an interview with a Consular Officer to determine whether you meet the criteria for Returning Resident (SB-1) status. If you do, you must be eligible for the immigrant visa in all other respects in order to be issued a Returning Resident (SB-1) immigrant visa.

You will need to be interviewed twice: First to review your application for returning resident status, and if approved, also for the immigrant visa. An SB-1 applicant is required to establish eligibility for an immigrant visa and have a medical examination.

Therefore, this involves paying the Returning Resident application fee and, if approved, the immigrant visa processing fee, as well as the medical fees. For information on fees and forms of payment, please click here.

Please note that the Returning Resident application fee is not refundable if your application is refused!