Document You Need to Travel Internationally When Your Green Card is Lost

If you are a permanent resident or conditional permanent resident of the United States, you will need a passport or other travel document to return to the United States if your Green Card is lost or stolen while you are traveling internationally.

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Introduction

If you are a lawful permanent resident of the United States, you generally will not need a visa to enter most countries for tourism or business purposes. However, if you lose your green card while traveling internationally, you may need to obtain a new one before returning to the United States.

There are two ways to obtain a new green card while outside of the United States: through a U.S. consulate or through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) office in your country of residence. If you are unable to obtain a new green card through either of those methods, you may be able to request a “transportation letter” from DHS, which would allow you to return to the United States on a temporary basis.

If you have lost your green card while traveling internationally, it is important that you take steps as soon as possible to obtain a new one. For more information on how to do so, please see the following resources:

-U.S. Department of State: How to Obtain a New Visa
-U.S. Department of Homeland Security: Application for Replacement Permanent Resident Card

What is a Green Card?

A Green Card is an identification card that proves that you are a permanent resident of the United States. It allows you to live and work permanently in the US. If your Green Card is lost or stolen, you should report it to the police and get a copy of the police report. You will also need to get a new Green Card.

What to do if your Green Card is lost while traveling?

If you are a permanent resident of the United States (also known as a “Green Card holder”), you may lose your Green Card while traveling outside the United States. If this happens, you will need to obtain a new Green Card before you can return to the United States.

There are two ways that you can obtain a new Green Card:

1. You can apply for a new Green Card from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). This process can take several months, so it is not recommended if you need to return to the United States urgently.

2. You can request an Emergency Reentry Permit from the USCIS. This permit will allow you to return to the United States immediately, but it is only valid for one year. After that, you will need to apply for a new Green Card.

What documents do you need to travel internationally if your Green Card is lost?

If your Green Card is lost or stolen, you should report the loss or theft to the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate immediately. You will need to provide a police report, as well as a few other documents, in order to get a replacement Green Card.

In order to get a replacement Green Card, you will need:

-Proof of your identity (passport, birth certificate, etc.)
-A police report detailing the loss or theft of your Green Card
-Two passport-style photos
-A fee

How to apply for a new Green Card?

If you are a permanent resident of the United States (also known as a “Green Card holder”), you will need to carry your Green Card with you at all times when you travel outside the United States.

If your Green Card is lost or stolen while you are outside the United States, you should immediately contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate for assistance.

You will need to apply for a new Green Card, which can take several months to obtain. In the meantime, the U.S. Embassy or Consulate can issue you a travel document called a “transportation letter” which will allow you to return to the United States.

What are the fees for a new Green Card?

There are three fees associated with getting a new Green Card: the application fee, the biometrics fee, and the Homeland Security fee.

The application fee is $455. This covers the cost of processing your Green Card application.

The biometrics fee is $85. This covers the cost of taking your fingerprints and photos as part of the background check process.

The Homeland Security fee is $170. This covers the cost of conducting a security check on you as part of the Green Card application process.

How long does it take to get a new Green Card?

If your Green Card is lost or stolen, you will need to apply for a new one. The process can take several months, so it’s important to start as soon as possible.

First, you will need to complete an Application for a Replacement Permanent Resident Card (Form I-90). This form can be found on the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website.

Next, you will need to gather all of the required supporting documents, which include proof of your identity, proof of your U.S. citizenship or lawful permanent resident status, and proof of your relationship to the person who originally petitioned for your Green Card. These documents must be submitted with your completed Form I-90.

Once USCIS has received your completed application and supporting documents, they will review your case and may contact you for additional information if needed. If everything is in order, USCIS will approve your application and issue you a new Green Card. However, if there are discrepancies in your application or supporting documents, USCIS may deny your application. In this case, you would need to reapply using the correct information and documentation.

What if you can’t find your Green Card?

If you are a permanent resident of the United States (also known as a “green card holder”), you are required to carry your green card with you at all times.

What should you do if you can’t find your green card?

First, try to retrace your steps. Think about where you last had your green card and when. If your green card was lost or stolen, it is important to report the loss or theft to the authorities immediately. You should also notify the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

Once you have reported the loss or theft of your green card, you will need to get a replacement. You will need to fill out an application and submit it, along with the appropriate fee, to USCIS. You will also need to provide proof of your identity and residency in the United States.

You may be asked to attend an interview as part of the replacement process. Once your application is approved, you will receive a new green card in the mail.

What if your Green Card is stolen?

If you are a permanent resident of the United States (i.e. you have a Green Card), it is very important to keep your Green Card with you at all times. If your Green Card is lost or stolen, you should report the loss or theft to the nearest police station as soon as possible and get a copy of the police report. You should then contact the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate to apply for a new Green Card.

Conclusion

If your green card is lost when you are outside of the United States, you should contact the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate as soon as possible. You will need to complete and submit a form called the I-90, which is the Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card. You will also need to submit proof of your identity, a color passport-style photograph, and the fee for the application. If your green card is approved, you will be issued a new green card and will be able to return to the United States.

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