Hello Ron, Thanks for your time on these forums, here is my case in brief : - I have been in the US for 8 years (F1 -> OPT -> H1B) - My EB2 ROW based I-485 application is pending (AOS was filed August 2014 at TSC) It was my intent to stay back in the United States, unfortunately my father passed away back home 3 weeks ago. Ultimately,I would like to be with my mother back home for a while we figure out what's next (I move back home to a different job, or I ask my company if I can work from home for a few months etc.) Given existing timelines I am expecting I-485 approval in the next 1-2 months, and I had some questions surrounding maintaining my Green Card. Given the amount of time and effort put into obtaining the GC, I would like to obtain it before I head home and figure out what's next. 1. Should I apply for a re-entry permit as soon as I get it, and how long does that process take? 2. Is there no need for me to apply for one if I head out of the country for 6 months while I figure out what's next? I may stay back home/ Or I may come back to the United States - at this point it is all unknown 3. Is it OK for me to leave immediately once I get my GC or is that considered not wanting to maintain my GC. As I said, circumstances are forcing me to head back. 4. As for ties to the United States, I do not own any property, but have bank accounts, credit cards etc. the usual things one would expect for having been there for 8 years. I may have more questions once you respond, so again thanks for your time in advance.