I am in a very stressful position right now, I have a valid I-131 (my first ever) that expires late September 2018, the plan was to go back to the States and reapply for my second I-131 before the current one expires, however I do not have money nor am I actually able to get time away from work currently.

My question is- are there any other options for me regarding the timeline? It occurred to me that once the I-131 expires- I will automatically go back to my Green Card status, and therefore could technically come back to the States within the usual 6 Month period, then apply for my second I-131.

Am I wrong here? Are there any other possibilities for my situation? Or must I return to the States within the validity of my current I-131 in order to apply for a second?

Any information would be greatly appreciated.