I Need to Travel Abroad but my Green Card is Expired!
Re-entry to the United States after travel abroad requires valid, unexpired proof of permanent residence -- Here's the solution.
How to Obtain Proof of Permanent Residence When Your Green Card is Expired
Prepare and File Form I-90
Get Your I-90 Receipt
After receiving and accepting your application for processing, USCIS will mail you Form I-797, Notice of Action. It may take 2 to 4 weeks for them to mail the document. This “receipt letter” contains your receipt number.
Starting in January 2021, USCIS will also begin providing your temporary evidence of permanent resident status on this letter. Individuals who filed Form I-90 with a card that expires less than one year in the future, may use the letter in combination with the expired card. The letter will say, "This notice provides evidence of your lawful permanent resident status for 12 months from the expiration date on your Form I-551, Permanent Resident Card (also known as a Green Card). You remain authorized to work and travel. This notice, presented with your expired Permanent Resident Card, is evidence of your status and work authorization."
So what if your card has been expired more than one year? Or what if you lost your card? When filing Form I-90, also submit Form G-1145. You'll receive a text or email notification within 24 hours of USCIS accepting your application. This notification (or the receipt letter described above) contains your receipt number that you'll need for the next step.
Schedule a USCIS Appointment
Call USCIS at 1-800-375-5283 to make an appointment at the USCIS office near you. Stress the urgency of your situation. If you already have travel booked for a specific date, tell the USCIS agent. Be ready to use your tickets as evidence. Get creative. If you have a sick relative, try to get a doctor's note or other evidence demonstrating the situation and urgent need to travel. You may need your paper receipt letter. Therefore, take it if possible.
Some offices are very busy and appointments may not be convenient. Be flexible.
Attend USCIS Appointment for Sticker or Stamp
Appear at your local USCIS office for the scheduled appointment. Be sure to take the following items to the appointment:
- Most recent green card (if lost, take a valid, unexpired passport)
- InfoPass appointment notice (if possible)
- Form I-797 Notice of Action (I-90 receipt letter)
- Evidence of urgent need (e.g. airline tickets/receipt, doctor’s letter about sick relative or death certificate)
Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card
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