Documents needed by and anticipated questions for green card holders at the port of entry

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 I am a G.C. holder and will travel next month and plan to return to the U.S. in December. What documents do I need to carry and show at the port of entry when I return to the U.S.? What questions does a CBP officer usually ask a green card holder at the port of entry? Do I need to carry tax returns, pay stubs, W-2, and previous H-1B documents ( I was in H-1B before I got G.C.)?

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If it is less than six months, all you need to carry is your green card and passport. If you have any evidence of continued employment, for instance, a couple of W-2's, scan them and put them on the cloud. You can show them to the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers if asked. Usually, for exits of less than six months duration, the scope of the CBP inquiry is limited. I doubt you will be asked any questions.


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