Returning Resident (SB-1) Visas

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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 (SB-1) to enter the United States and resume permanent residence. SB-1 applicants must schedule an initial appointment at the AIT to determine eligibility, and, if found qualified, will be asked to appear for a second interview.

You must have evidence in both interviews that extreme circumstances beyond your control prevented your return to the United States. Whether or not an officer approves your application at either interview, the Embassy cannot refund either fee.

If you wish to apply for a Returning Resident (SB-1) immigrant visa, you should do so at AIT Taipei in advance of your intended travel (at least three months in advance, if possible) to permit sufficient time for visa processing. As part of the visa application process, an interview at AIT Taipei is required.

You can learn more about Returning Resident Visas on or click here for more SB-1 visa information.

Scheduling an appointment online

 To schedule an appointment online, visit the website here, and login with your user details.

  • Select visa category - Lawful Permanent Residents, SB1- Determination of Returning Resident Status for 1st Interview Appointment
  • Select visa category  - All Immigrant Visas , SB1- Returning Resident Visa for 2nd Interview Appointment and schedule an appointment.