SB-1 Visa Application Requirements:
- Complete Form DS-117, Application to Determine Returning Resident Status.
- Applicant’s Permanent Resident Card, also known as Green Card or Form I-551.
- If available, the applicant’s re-entry permit.
- Please provide proof of travel dates outside of the United States.
- Proof of your ties to the United States and confirmation of your intention to return. For example, tax returns, evidence of economic, family, and other ties with the United States.
- Proof that your extended stay outside the United States was due to reasons beyond your control.
The above is just a reference for the process. It is recommended that you contact the US Consulate for the exact requirements and application process. You must bring the above to the US Consulate, where the consular officer will review the application. It will then determine if the applicant meets the criteria to apply for Returning Resident Status (SB-1). If the applicant meets the criteria for a permanent residency visa, then they should be eligible for an immigrant visa in all the necessary aspects to obtain an SB-1 immigrant visa.
If you are approved for an SB-1 visa, you will need the following two documents:
- Form DS-260 Application Processing and Security Fees.
- Medical examination and vaccination.
Your local US Consulate or Embassy will provide you with more specific instructions on how to apply for an SB-1 immigrant visa. Some instructions may differ at each embassy, but in general you will be given instructions for a medical examination and a list of necessary vaccinations to get before your visa interview.
You will need to bring the following documents for your visa interview:
- Form DS-260, Online Application for Immigrant Visa and Alien Registration
- Original passport.
- Two photos according to the requirements of the embassy.
- The embassy or consulate will ask for a list of civil documents to bring to your visa interview.
If a Returning Resident Visa (SB-1) is denied on the grounds that the alien has given up residence in the United States and wishes to obtain a nonimmigrant visa to travel to the United States, such as a tourist or business visa, it may be possible to obtain a nonimmigrant visa for travel to the United States as a nonimmigrant visitor, depending on whether the applicant has settled overseas, where he will return. If an applicant wishing to return to the United States cannot provide conclusive evidence of overseas connections to obtain a nonimmigrant visa, they can also apply for an immigrant visa on the same basis on which they originally immigrated if they still have eligibility for a visa. In fact, you have to submit a completely new immigration application again to get a new green card.