Green Card Holders Can Now Travel to American Samoa

Green Card holders can now travel to American Samoa without a visa, thanks to a recent change in travel rules. This is great news for those wanting to visit this beautiful island chain in the South Pacific.

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What is a Green Card?

A Green Card, also known as a Permanent Resident Card, is a document that proves that an immigrant has been granted the right to live and work permanently in the United States. Green Card holders are also eligible for certain government benefits, such as Social Security and Medicare.

Who is eligible for a Green Card?

According to U.S. law, a green card holder is anyone who:
-Has been granted permission to live and work in the United States on a permanent basis;
-Is a refugee or asylee who has been granted permission to live and work in the United States indefinitely; or
-Is a conditional permanent resident whose status has not yet been made permanent.

What are the benefits of having a Green Card?

As a Green Card holder, you are legally allowed to reside and work in the United States on a permanent basis. You are also granted certain privileges and benefits, including the ability to travel freely in and out of the country.

One of the benefits of having a Green Card is that you can travel freely in and out of the United States. You are not required to obtain a visa in advance of your travels, and you can stay in the country for as long as you like. If you plan to travel outside of the United States, you will need to carry your Green Card with you at all times so that you can present it to border officials upon request.

Another benefit of having a Green Card is that you are eligible for certain government benefits. For example, you can apply for a Social Security number, which allows you to work legally in the United States and pay taxes. You may also be eligible for student financial aid and health insurance through the Affordable Care Act. Additionally, as a Green Card holder, you can ultimately apply for U.S. citizenship if you meet certain requirements.

How can I travel to American Samoa with a Green Card?

If you want to travel to American Samoa with a Green Card, you will need to get a travel document known as a “Green Card Authorization” from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). You can apply for this travel authorization online or through the mail. Once you have been approved for travel, you will be able to stay in American Samoa for up to 60 days.

What do I need to do to prepare for my trip to American Samoa?

If you are a Green Card holder, you now have the opportunity to travel to American Samoa without a visa. However, there are still a few steps you will need to take in order to ensure a smooth and trouble-free trip.

First, make sure your passport is up to date and will not expire while you are traveling. If it does, you will need to renew it before leaving. You should also check with your airline to see if they have any special requirements or recommendations for travel to American Samoa.

Next, you will need to obtain a Certificate of Identity (CI) from the American Samoa Department of Homeland Security. This can be done by mail or in person, and you will need to provide proof of your Green Card status as well as a passport-style photo.

Once you have obtained your CI, you will need to apply for a travel authorization from the American Samoa Travel Control Board. This can be done online, and you will need to provide proof of your CI, travel itinerary, and complete contact information.

Finally, make sure you have adequate travel insurance that covers medical evacuation in case of an emergency. You should also familiarize yourself with the customs and culture of American Samoa before leaving, so that you can respect the traditions of the people who live there.

What are the entry requirements for American Samoa?

U.S. permanent residents (green card holders) can now travel to American Samoa without a visa, as long as they have a valid passport, round-trip ticket, and proof of residency. However, they will still need to obtain a $20 permit from the American Samoa Tourism Authority upon arrival. The permit is valid for 30 days and can be extended for an additional 30 days.

What are the customs and immigration procedures for American Samoa?

U.S. citizens and green card holders (permanent residents) can travel to American Samoa without a visa for a stay of up to 60 days. However, you will need a passport that is valid for at least six months beyond your stay in American Samoa. You will also need to have proof of onward travel, such as a return ticket or ticket for travel to another destination.

When you arrive in American Samoa, you will be required to fill out an entry form and present it, along with your passport, to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officer. The Officer will stamp your passport and return it to you, along with an entry card. You should keep this entry card with your passport during your stay in American Samoa as you will need it when you depart.

There are no specific immunizations required for American Samoa, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that all travelers be up-to-date on routine vaccines, such as measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and yearly flu shot. Hepatitis A and hepatitis B vaccines are also recommended for all adults who are not already immune. These vaccinations can help protect you from serious diseases that are more common in developing countries such as American Samoa.

What are the exit requirements for American Samoa?

If you are a green card holder, you may travel freely within the United States and its territories, including American Samoa. However, there are some exit requirements that you must meet before departing the country.

You will need to present your green card and a valid passport when leaving American Samoa. It is also recommended that you have proof of onward travel, such as a round-trip ticket or an itinerary for your next destination. If you plan to stay in American Samoa for an extended period of time, it is recommended that you apply for a re-entry permit before leaving the United States.

please Note: For clarity, a green card holder refers to an individual who has been granted lawful permanent residency in the United States.

What are the re-entry requirements for American Samoa?

As of December 7, 2019, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will allow eligible Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs) of American Samoa to re-enter the United States at any port of entry with a valid Green Card. Previously, LPRs from American Samoa were only able to re-enter the United States via Honolulu International Airport.

Eligible LPRs of American Samoa must have a Green Card that is valid for at least six months beyond their period of intended stay in the United States, and must present themselves to a DHS immigration officer at a port of entry upon arrival. LPRs who attempt to enter the United States without a Green Card or with a Green Card that is expired or set to expire within six months of their arrival will be subject to removal proceedings.

For more information on the re-entry requirements for American Samoa, please visit DHS’s website.

What should I do if my Green Card is lost or stolen while in American Samoa?

If your Green Card is lost or stolen while you are in American Samoa, you should report the loss or theft to the local police and the nearest U.S. consulate or embassy as soon as possible. You will also need to file a Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card, with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to replace your Green Card.

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