You can lose your permanent resident status if you leave the U.S. with the intention of living permanently somewhere else. Since temporary trips outside the U.S. are permissible, what steps can you take to minimize the risk that the U.S. Government would decide that you have abandoned your status? There is no definitive answer. Each case is different and you may require legal advice, especially for longer trips. But here are a few common steps that a green card holder may take to try and maintain their status and be allowed to return to their residence in the U.S.