- Applying for a Green Card
- Living in the United States with a Green Card
- Traveling Outside the United States with a Green Card
- Returning to the United States with a Green Card
- Losing or Damaging Your Green Card
- Renewing or Replacing Your Green Card
- What Happens After You Become a Green Card Holder?
- Green Card Holders: Know Your Rights
- Additional Resources
If you have a green card, you may be able to travel to Canada without a visa. However, you will need to meet certain requirements and have the proper documentation.
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U.S. permanent residents (known as “green card” holders) generally may travel freely throughout the United States and Canada, although there are some restrictions that apply.
If you are a green card holder planning to travel outside of the United States, you should carry with you your passport or other travel document(s), as well as your green card, when you return to the United States. If you do not have your green card with you, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) may not allow you to enter the United States and you could be placed in removal proceedings. In addition, if your green card is lost or stolen while you are traveling abroad, you should report the loss or theft to the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate immediately so that a new card can be issued.
Applying for a Green Card
You can apply for a Green Card if you’re a permanent resident of Canada or if you have a valid Canadian work or study permit. You can also apply if you’re a temporary resident of Canada and you meet certain other requirements.
Living in the United States with a Green Card
If you have a Green Card (officially known as a Permanent Resident Card), you are allowed to live and work permanently in the United States. As a permanent resident, you are also able to travel outside of the United States, but there are some restrictions to keep in mind.
If you plan to travel outside of the United States, you will need to carry your Green Card with you as proof of your permanent resident status. It is important to note that your Green Card is only valid for 10 years, so if it has been more than 10 years since it was issued, you will need to renew it before traveling.
You should also be aware that if you travel outside of the United States for an extended period of time (generally more than 6 months), you may be considered to have abandoned your permanent resident status. If this happens, you may have difficulty returning to the United States as a permanent resident. However, if you have a valid reason for being out of the country for such an extended period (for example, if you were working for a U.S. employer or taking care of sick family members), then you should not have any trouble returning to the United States.
Traveling Outside the United States with a Green Card
If you have a green card, also known as a permanent resident card, you are allowed to live and work in the United States indefinitely. You can also travel outside of the country and re-enter, as long as you don’t stay outside of the U.S. for more than one year at a time. If you plan to travel to Canada, you will need a valid passport and a green card. You may also need a visitor visa, depending on your country of citizenship.
Returning to the United States with a Green Card
Yes, if you have a Green Card (also known as an Permanent Resident Card or Form I-551), you can travel to Canada and re-enter the United States. You will need to present your Green Card and a valid passport when returning to the United States from Canada. If you do not have a Green Card, you will need to obtain a visitor visa before traveling to Canada.
Losing or Damaging Your Green Card
It is very important to keep your Green Card in a safe place at all times. You should carry it with you whenever you travel outside the United States. If you lose your Green Card or it is stolen, you should report the loss or theft to the police immediately and get a copy of the police report. You should also contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate to report the loss or theft of your Green Card. If you find your Green Card after you have reported it lost or stolen, you should destroy it and notify the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate of its recovery.
You should also notify USCIS if your Green Card is lost, stolen, mutilated, or destroyed. You can do this by filing Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card.
Renewing or Replacing Your Green Card
A Green Card holder (permanent resident) is someone who has been granted authorization to live and work in the United States on a permanent basis. As proof of that status, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issues a permanent resident card, commonly called a Green Card.
You can renew or replace your Green Card if it has been lost, stolen, or damaged. You can also change your legal name or update other information by filing Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card.
If your Green Card will expire in the next 6 months or has already expired, you should apply for a renewal as soon as possible. You should also apply for a new Green Card if you were issued a Limited Edition Replacement Permanent Resident Card valid for only 2 years because your prior card was issued before 1979, or because USCIS needs to re-verify your immigration history and identity.
What Happens After You Become a Green Card Holder?
After you become a permanent resident or conditional permanent resident of the United States, you will receive a Permanent Resident Card, also known as a Green Card.
The front of the card will have your name, photo, and the card’s expiration date. The back of the card has an image of the United States flag. There is also a machine-readable zone on the back of the card.
As a Green Card holder, you have the right to live and work permanently in the United States. You can also travel outside of the United States and return, as long as you have your Green Card with you. However, there are some restrictions on how long you can stay outside of the country. If you plan to travel outside of the United States, it is important to check with an immigration attorney or knowledgeable individual before you travel to make sure that your trip will not jeopardize yourpermanent resident status.
Green Card Holders: Know Your Rights
You may have heard that as a Green Card holder, you have the right to travel to Canada without a visa. That’s true! You can visit Canada for up to six months without applying for a visitor visa.
However, there are some things you should know before you travel. First, you need to have a valid Green Card. If your Green Card will expire while you’re in Canada, you need to apply for a new one before you leave the United States.
Second, you need to make sure you have all the other documents required for travel. This includes a valid passport and, if you’re planning to drive, a valid driver’s license from your home state or province.
Third, if you’re planning to stay in Canada for more than six months, you need to apply for a formal authorization from Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). This is called an “extended stay authorization.”
Finally, even if you meet all the requirements above, there are still some situations where Canadian officials can refuse your entry into the country. For example, if they believe you’re coming to Canada to work or study without proper documentation, or if they think you might not leave at the end of your authorized stay.
Bottom line: do your research before you travel!
If you have a green card, you may travel to Canada without a visa. However, you will need to present your green card and a valid passport at the border. You may also need to meet other requirements, such as proving that you have sufficient funds for your visit. For more information, contact the Canadian embassy or consulate nearest you.