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My wife and I are US citizens living in Costa Rica. We have lived in Costa Rica for the last five years, own our home here, and have received our "Permanent/Unrestricted Residency" from the Costa Rican government, having met all the government requirements over a three year period. We want to go to the US for a few months to visit family and friends around the country. How long will the US government allow us to remain in the US?

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    Why would you think that your time in the US would be limited? – phoog Jul 13 '15 at 23:57
  • The US government restricts the amount of time a US citizen is allowed to visit the US if that citizen is a permanent resident of a foreign country. It is however difficult to find the exact amount of time you are allowed before the US government no longer recognizes your foreign residency. I want to know what that amount of time is but the government information is extremely vague on this subject. – DJ Kodiak Jul 15 '15 at 12:54
  • @DJKodiak hi could you please cite some source? if you have a us passport, the only time-limiting factor i can think of is the 330 day requirement for irs.gov/Individuals/International-Taxpayers/… – Anthony Damico Jul 15 '15 at 13:14
  • @DJKodiak are you talking about tax obligations? – phoog Jul 15 '15 at 13:53
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    @DJKodiak That's a completely different question to the one you originally asked! – Michael Hampton Jul 19 '15 at 13:47
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Forever. US citizens can stay in the US as long as they want.

  • The US government restricts the amount of time a US citizen is allowed to visit the US if that citizen is a permanent resident of a foreign country. It is however difficult to find the exact amount of time you are allowed before the US government no longer recognizes your foreign residency. I want to know what that amount of time is but the government information is extremely vague on this subject. – DJ Kodiak Jul 15 '15 at 12:51
  • @DJKodiak are you talking about tax obligations? – phoog Jul 15 '15 at 13:52
  • @DJKodiak there's no such restriction. You're confusing with the FEIE qualifications. – littleadv Dec 31 '15 at 20:30

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