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My green card was stolen and I need to travel outside the U.S. soon. How do I renew my green card in time for my trip?

QUESTION:

My purse was stolen along with my green card. I wanted to take a trip abroad this Summer, but I can't travel without my green card. Can I replace my green card in time to travel this Summer? I am eligible to apply for naturalization. Would it be quicker to become a citizen? 

IMMIGRATION ANSWER MAN:

In order to travel abroad, you will need to file an application to replace your stolen green card. If you have not already done so, you should file a police report on your stolen purse. USCIS often likes to see a copy of the police report when a Permanent Resident claims their green card has been stolen.

Right now it is taking about 3 and 1/2 months for USCIS to replace a lost green card. If you need to travel before then you can get an I-551 stamp put in your passport. The I-551 stamp is temporary proof of Permanent Residence. To get the stamp you will need to make an Infopass appointment at your local USCIS office. You will need to bring your receipt notice that you will receive for the application, your passport, and proof of your upcoming trip such as a copy of your ticket. Some USCIS offices will not grant the stamp more than 30 days before the trip.

If you have lost your green card or had it stolen, or if your green card has expired, you will need to file an application to renew or replace your green card before you can apply for naturalization. You do not have to wait for the new card to apply for naturalization. You can file the application for naturalization with the receipt notice from the application to renew or replace your green card.
 

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* Due to the volume of questions received, not all questions can be answered. On this blog we answerquestions as a service to our readers, but we cannot assume any liabilityrelated to reliance on anything herein, and responses to questions are notintended to establish an attorney-client relationship. Immigration laws andregulations are constantly changing. Readers are cautioned to schedule aconsultation with an immigration lawyer before acting on anything stated inthis blog. This blog is not intended to substitute for a consultation with aqualified immigration law attorney. Ari Sauer is licensed to practice law through the states of New York and New Jersey.Certification as an Immigration Specialist is not currently available in Tennessee, New York or New Jersey. Siskind Susser limits its practice strictly to immigration law, a Federal practicearea, and we do not claim expertise in the laws of states other than where ourattorneys are licensed.

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48 comments on “My green card was stolen and I need to travel outside the U.S. soon. How do I renew my green card in time for my trip?

  1. Cole
    November 29, 2017

    And do I need to include all the necessary evidence(s) When filling for a new Green Card?
    Thanks

    • Yes. You need to send in all necessary evidence along with the application for a replacement green card.
      If you would like to consult with me to discuss this further, you can call 901-507-4270, and my paralegal Jessica can assist you with scheduling an appointment.
      * Ari Sauer is a Memphis immigration lawyer with the Siskind Susser law firm. This is an advertisement. On this page we answer questions as a service to our readers, but we cannot assume any liability related to reliance on anything herein, and responses to questions are not intended to establish an attorney-client relationship. Immigration laws and regulations are constantly changing and the rules stated may not apply to your situation. Readers are cautioned to schedule a consultation with an immigration lawyer before acting on anything stated in this blog. This page is not intended to substitute for a consultation with a qualified immigration law attorney. Ari Sauer is licensed to practice law through the states of Tennessee, New York and New Jersey but is eligible to assist clients from throughout the US. Certification as an Immigration Specialist is not currently available in Tennessee, New York or New Jersey. The views and statements expressed on this blog do not necessarily reflect the views of the Siskind Susser law firm. Siskind Susser limits its practice strictly to immigration law, a Federal practice area, and we do not claim expertise in the laws of states other than where our attorneys are licensed.

  2. Cole
    November 29, 2017

    I recently lost my wallet with my documents in Nigeria, but thank God that I still had a valid temporary stamp on my passport that enabled me to gain entry back into the states. But I urgently need to travel back to Nigeria.

    So my question is this. Do I have to obtain another police report from the NYPD? Even though I have a police from the country where I lost my documents.

    Thanks…. Best wishes

    • If your card was stolen in Nigeria, there is no requirement to file a police report in the US. There is nothing that the police in the US could do about a crime that occurred in Nigeria.
      If you would like to consult with me to discuss this further, you can call 901-507-4270, and my paralegal Jessica can assist you with scheduling an appointment.
      * Ari Sauer is a Memphis immigration lawyer with the Siskind Susser law firm. This is an advertisement. On this page we answer questions as a service to our readers, but we cannot assume any liability related to reliance on anything herein, and responses to questions are not intended to establish an attorney-client relationship. Immigration laws and regulations are constantly changing and the rules stated may not apply to your situation. Readers are cautioned to schedule a consultation with an immigration lawyer before acting on anything stated in this blog. This page is not intended to substitute for a consultation with a qualified immigration law attorney. Ari Sauer is licensed to practice law through the states of Tennessee, New York and New Jersey but is eligible to assist clients from throughout the US. Certification as an Immigration Specialist is not currently available in Tennessee, New York or New Jersey. The views and statements expressed on this blog do not necessarily reflect the views of the Siskind Susser law firm. Siskind Susser limits its practice strictly to immigration law, a Federal practice area, and we do not claim expertise in the laws of states other than where our attorneys are licensed.

  3. Mohammad Farman
    November 16, 2017

    I have to travel out of USA for medical reason in an emergency,but my hard copy of Green Card is not yet received which was sent to me by USCIS on 2 October 2017 on my old address and returned undeliverable by USPS.But now USCIS have confirmed that they will remail me the same with in 24 Nov.But it is not yet received.It is 16 of November.
    Can I still travel.Will I be able to return on the same status.There is written on my immigrant visa that the visa is valid for 1 year.Can I still travel internation and come back on the same visa.I came to USA on 22 August

    Thanks & regards

    • Yes. As long as you will be returning to the US within one year of when you first entered the US on your immigrant visa, you can use your immigrant visa as an I-551 temporary proof of your permanent resident status.

      If you would like to schedule a consultation appointment with me to discuss this further, or to hire me to handle you case, you can call 901-507-4270, and my paralegal Jessica can assist you with scheduling an appointment.
      * Ari Sauer is a Memphis immigration lawyer with the Siskind Susser law firm. This is an advertisement. On this page we answer questions as a service to our readers, but we cannot assume any liability related to reliance on anything herein, and responses to questions are not intended to establish an attorney-client relationship. Immigration laws and regulations are constantly changing and the rules stated may not apply to your situation. Readers are cautioned to schedule a consultation with an immigration lawyer before acting on anything stated in this blog. This page is not intended to substitute for a consultation with a qualified immigration law attorney. Ari Sauer is licensed to practice law through the states of Tennessee, New York and New Jersey but is eligible to assist clients from throughout the US. Certification as an Immigration Specialist is not currently available in Tennessee, New York or New Jersey. The views and statements expressed on this blog do not necessarily reflect the views of the Siskind Susser law firm. Siskind Susser limits its practice strictly to immigration law, a Federal practice area, and we do not claim expertise in the laws of states other than where our attorneys are licensed.

  4. Luis Saavedra
    September 7, 2017

    I HAVE TO TRAVELK TO MEXICALI IN A MONTH WHAT IS THE PROCIDURE AND THE PRICE I MUST PAYFOR MY LOST GREENCARD AND WHAT DO I NEED TO HAVE AT HAND

    • As I explain in my post above, if someone loses their green card, they need to file an application for a replacement card. If they need to travel before they get the new card, they should schedule an Infopass appointment with USCIS and request that USCIS put an I-551 stamp in the person’s passport, which serves as a temporary green card while waiting for the new green card to arrive.
      If you would like to schedule a consultation appointment with me to discuss this further, or to hire me to handle you case, you can call 901-507-4270, and my paralegal Jessica can assist you with scheduling an appointment.
      * Ari Sauer is a Memphis immigration lawyer with the Siskind Susser law firm. This is an advertisement. On this page we answer questions as a service to our readers, but we cannot assume any liability related to reliance on anything herein, and responses to questions are not intended to establish an attorney-client relationship. Immigration laws and regulations are constantly changing and the rules stated may not apply to your situation. Readers are cautioned to schedule a consultation with an immigration lawyer before acting on anything stated in this blog. This page is not intended to substitute for a consultation with a qualified immigration law attorney. Ari Sauer is licensed to practice law through the states of Tennessee, New York and New Jersey but is eligible to assist clients from throughout the US. Certification as an Immigration Specialist is not currently available in Tennessee, New York or New Jersey. The views and statements expressed on this blog do not necessarily reflect the views of the Siskind Susser law firm. Siskind Susser limits its practice strictly to immigration law, a Federal practice area, and we do not claim expertise in the laws of states other than where our attorneys are licensed.

  5. Keny
    August 28, 2017

    I lost my grenn card i havent filled the application for my green card since i already applied for naturalization …. can they stamp my passport? Even wirhout an I-90 ?

    • They can, but whether or not they will depends on the policy of your local USCIS office and their policies on this change from time to time. I believe that right now most USCIS offices will require you to file an I-90 first. But you can make an infopass appointment at your local office and ask them. Worst they can say is no and tell you to file an I-90.
      * This is an advertisement. Ari Sauer is a Memphis immigration lawyer with the Siskind Susser law firm: http://www.visalaw.com/ari.html. On this blog we answer questions as a service to our readers, but we cannot assume any liability related to reliance on anything herein, and responses to questions are not intended to establish an attorney-client relationship. Immigration laws and regulations are constantly changing and the rules stated may not apply to your situation. Readers are cautioned to schedule a consultation with an immigration lawyer before acting on anything stated in this blog. This blog is not intended to substitute for a consultation with a qualified immigration law attorney. Ari Sauer is licensed to practice law through the states of Tennessee, New York and New Jersey but is eligible to assist clients from throughout the US. Certification as an Immigration Specialist is not currently available in Tennessee, New York or New Jersey. Siskind Susser limits its practice strictly to immigration law, a Federal practice area, and we do not claim expertise in the laws of states other than where our attorneys are licensed.

    • Jean cantave
      November 27, 2017

      I got the same situation I already file for my citizenship I am waiting for appointment interview, and i lost my green and I want to travel and I want to know also did I need my green car on the day of my interview

      • If your green card was lost or stolen, you are fine showing your I-551 stamp and/or the receipt notice from your application to replace the lost or stolen green card. It is not a problem if USCIS has not issued a new card by the time of the interview.
        If you would like to consult with me to discuss this further, you can call 901-507-4270, and my paralegal Jessica can assist you with scheduling an appointment.
        * Ari Sauer is a Memphis immigration lawyer with the Siskind Susser law firm. This is an advertisement. On this page we answer questions as a service to our readers, but we cannot assume any liability related to reliance on anything herein, and responses to questions are not intended to establish an attorney-client relationship. Immigration laws and regulations are constantly changing and the rules stated may not apply to your situation. Readers are cautioned to schedule a consultation with an immigration lawyer before acting on anything stated in this blog. This page is not intended to substitute for a consultation with a qualified immigration law attorney. Ari Sauer is licensed to practice law through the states of Tennessee, New York and New Jersey but is eligible to assist clients from throughout the US. Certification as an Immigration Specialist is not currently available in Tennessee, New York or New Jersey. The views and statements expressed on this blog do not necessarily reflect the views of the Siskind Susser law firm. Siskind Susser limits its practice strictly to immigration law, a Federal practice area, and we do not claim expertise in the laws of states other than where our attorneys are licensed.

  6. Cynthia
    August 27, 2017

    Hi Sir,

    I just lost my green card last week, I have to travel at the end of December or the beginning of January, I know that renewing my card would take longer, my passport from my country is expired either, i was planning to apply for a travel document. what should I do?reapply my green card and the travel document at the same time? It is possible to get an I-551 stamp in the travel document also?

    • A permanent resident actually can get an I-551 stamp even if their passport is expired (after first filing an I-90). In that situation, USCIS does not put the stamp in the passport, but rather puts it on a separate card (the requester needs to bring a passport style photograph with them to the infopass appointment). A Reentry Permit is not a substitute for having a valid green card and a valid passport.
      * This is an advertisement. Ari Sauer is a Memphis immigration lawyer with the Siskind Susser law firm: http://www.visalaw.com/ari.html. On this blog we answer questions as a service to our readers, but we cannot assume any liability related to reliance on anything herein, and responses to questions are not intended to establish an attorney-client relationship. Immigration laws and regulations are constantly changing and the rules stated may not apply to your situation. Readers are cautioned to schedule a consultation with an immigration lawyer before acting on anything stated in this blog. This blog is not intended to substitute for a consultation with a qualified immigration law attorney. Ari Sauer is licensed to practice law through the states of Tennessee, New York and New Jersey but is eligible to assist clients from throughout the US. Certification as an Immigration Specialist is not currently available in Tennessee, New York or New Jersey. Siskind Susser limits its practice strictly to immigration law, a Federal practice area, and we do not claim expertise in the laws of states other than where our attorneys are licensed.

  7. Evan Carrillo
    August 2, 2017

    Hello,
    My wife and I travel to Mexico and she just realized she left her green card in the US, can she get in to the US with her passport stamped with a 2018 State on it? I could I have someone give us the green card at the airport in the US but I don’t know how well that would go or if it would even be allowed. Thanks for taking the time to help us out with our concerns.

    • If you mean that your wife has an I-551 stamp in her passport that has not expired, then she can use that to reenter the US. You ask about someone bringing you to the card at the US airport. That would not work. Can you have someone FedEx her the card to her in Mexico, so that she has it to use when she flies back? If she does not have a valid I-551 stamp or her green card, the airline is unlikely to let her board the plane to the US. If she does not have a valid I-551 stamp or a green card, your wife will need to first obtain a Travel Letter from the US embassy or consulate in Mexico. https://mx.usembassy.gov/visas/legal-permanent-residents/

      * This is an advertisement. Ari Sauer is a Memphis immigration lawyer with the Siskind Susser law firm: http://www.visalaw.com/ari.html. On this blog we answer questions as a service to our readers, but we cannot assume any liability related to reliance on anything herein, and responses to questions are not intended to establish an attorney-client relationship. Immigration laws and regulations are constantly changing and the rules stated may not apply to your situation. Readers are cautioned to schedule a consultation with an immigration lawyer before acting on anything stated in this blog. This blog is not intended to substitute for a consultation with a qualified immigration law attorney. Ari Sauer is licensed to practice law through the states of Tennessee, New York and New Jersey but is eligible to assist clients from throughout the US. Certification as an Immigration Specialist is not currently available in Tennessee, New York or New Jersey. Siskind Susser limits its practice strictly to immigration law, a Federal practice area, and we do not claim expertise in the laws of states other than where our attorneys are licensed.

  8. Lily W.
    May 11, 2017

    Hello,
    My cousin lost his bag that has his greencard outside US. He doesnt remember any # of his ID, A#, or even social #. Because he went to his country, the only thing he got a replacement was his passport. It was suggested to him that he should file lost/stolen with police and schedule appointment with the Ambassy in that country. He did that and has been waiting for more than 2 weeks. What does it take for him to return to the States? Any waiver letter or stamp he will get to travel back here? How long the process takes ?

    • The consular post will give him a Boarding Foil (also know as a Travel Letter), which he will use with his passport to travel back to the US. Each consular post is different, but it usually takes between 2 and 5 business days from the time you have your appointment at the consulate to get the Boarding Foil. Although I have never had to apply for a Boarding Foil for someone where we did not know their A# or were not able to get the A# from USCIS, so I would assume that is what is making the process take longer as the consular post confirms that he is in fact a US Permanent Resident.
      If you would like my assistance with this process or to have a consultation appointment with me to learn more about this, you can call 901-507-4270, and my paralegal, Jessica, can help you to schedule an appointment.
      * This is an advertisement. Ari Sauer is a Memphis immigration lawyer with the Siskind Susser law firm: http://www.visalaw.com/ari.html. On this blog we answer questions as a service to our readers, but we cannot assume any liability related to reliance on anything herein, and responses to questions are not intended to establish an attorney-client relationship. Immigration laws and regulations are constantly changing and the rules stated may not apply to your situation. Readers are cautioned to schedule a consultation with an immigration lawyer before acting on anything stated in this blog. This blog is not intended to substitute for a consultation with a qualified immigration law attorney. Ari Sauer is licensed to practice law through the states of Tennessee, New York and New Jersey but is eligible to assist clients from throughout the US. Certification as an Immigration Specialist is not currently available in Tennessee, New York or New Jersey. Siskind Susser limits its practice strictly to immigration law, a Federal practice area, and we do not claim expertise in the laws of states other than where our attorneys are licensed.

  9. claudia galvan
    April 28, 2017

    Hello My green card was stolen and report it to the police but I noticed that on the police report it doesn’t mention anything about my green card. Is there going to be a problem? Also instead of paying for a replacement of my green card I applied for my citizenship myself, I didn’t get an attorney. But I noticed that I would going to need my green card when I go to the interview. What should I do? I didn’t even report my green card to the immigration office. Thank you!

    • Many USCIS field offices (if not most) are now requiring an applicant for naturalization (citizenship application) to have a valid green card, or at least a pending application to renew or replace the card. So it probably would be a good idea for you to apply for a replacement card. The fact that your green card is not specifically listed in the police report probably is not going to be an issue as long as it is reasonable to assume from the report that it was among the items stolen. So if the report says you wallet and its contents were stolen, that should be good enough for USCIS to believe that your green card was among the items stolen.
      If you would like my assistance with applying to replace your green card or to have a consultation appointment with me to learn more about this, you can call 901-507-4270, and my paralegal, Jessica, can help you to schedule an appointment.
      * This is an advertisement. Ari Sauer is a Memphis immigration lawyer with the Siskind Susser law firm: http://www.visalaw.com/ari.html. On this blog we answer questions as a service to our readers, but we cannot assume any liability related to reliance on anything herein, and responses to questions are not intended to establish an attorney-client relationship. Immigration laws and regulations are constantly changing and the rules stated may not apply to your situation. Readers are cautioned to schedule a consultation with an immigration lawyer before acting on anything stated in this blog. This blog is not intended to substitute for a consultation with a qualified immigration law attorney. Ari Sauer is licensed to practice law through the states of Tennessee, New York and New Jersey but is eligible to assist clients from throughout the US. Certification as an Immigration Specialist is not currently available in Tennessee, New York or New Jersey. Siskind Susser limits its practice strictly to immigration law, a Federal practice area, and we do not claim expertise in the laws of states other than where our attorneys are licensed.

  10. Danile Diaz
    March 22, 2017

    Hello Sir,

    I’m already done with my biometrics appointment, and still waiting for the card to be delivered to me. I have a flight 25days from now to the Philippines… and my sister will also go there 3mons from now is it possible that she will bring my greencard to me to the ph so i will no longer wait for it so i can go to my flight?

    • I would recommend that you schedule an Infopass appointment with your local USCIS field office so that you can have them put a temporary I-551 stamp in your passport to use to travel. Travelling abroad without the stamp is a bad idea, as it could take a lot longer for USCIS to issue the new card than you may expect. Here is a link to the USCIS website where you can make that appointment. https://my.uscis.gov/appointment
      * This is an advertisement. Ari Sauer is a Memphis immigration lawyer with the Siskind Susser law firm. On this blog we answer questions as a service to our readers, but we cannot assume any liability related to reliance on anything herein, and responses to questions are not intended to establish an attorney-client relationship. Immigration laws and regulations are constantly changing and the rules stated may not apply to your situation. Readers are cautioned to schedule a consultation with an immigration lawyer before acting on anything stated in this blog. This blog is not intended to substitute for a consultation with a qualified immigration law attorney. Ari Sauer is licensed to practice law through the states of Tennessee, New York and New Jersey but is eligible to assist clients from throughout the US. Certification as an Immigration Specialist is not currently available in Tennessee, New York or New Jersey. Siskind Susser limits its practice strictly to immigration law, a Federal practice area, and we do not claim expertise in the laws of states other than where our attorneys are licensed.

  11. Anonymous
    February 24, 2017

    Can I get a stamp for a job or a duplicate

  12. Pri
    December 10, 2016

    I had my case approved and the green card mailed out to me. The post office is saying that was delivered, but I never got it. I believe it was either never delivered or stolen from my mail box? Do I need a police report?
    Since I never got the card, do I have to pay for the replacement? or can I simply say that was never delivered and not pay the fee?
    Also, I need to travel abroad and I cannot schedule an appointment to get the stamp due to unavailability. Can I walk in without an appointment and try to get the stamp?

    • If the card is not returned to USCIS by the post office, then USCIS will work on the assumption that it was delivered to you and either lost or stolen. In that situation, USCIS will require a filing fee for the application to replace the card. Whether USCIS would accommodate you as a walk-in will vary between various local USCIS offices. Most local USCIS offices will not allow a walk-in appointment except in the most urgent of situations, such as the death of a parent, spouse, or child abroad, or one of these relatives being on their deathbeds. But each office varies in their policy.
      * This is an advertisement. Ari Sauer is a Memphis immigration lawyer with the Siskind Susser law firm. On this blog we answer questions as a service to our readers, but we cannot assume any liability related to reliance on anything herein, and responses to questions are not intended to establish an attorney-client relationship. Immigration laws and regulations are constantly changing and the rules stated may not apply to your situation. Readers are cautioned to schedule a consultation with an immigration lawyer before acting on anything stated in this blog. This blog is not intended to substitute for a consultation with a qualified immigration law attorney. Ari Sauer is licensed to practice law through the states of Tennessee, New York and New Jersey but is eligible to assist clients from throughout the US. Certification as an Immigration Specialist is not currently available in Tennessee, New York or New Jersey. Siskind Susser limits its practice strictly to immigration law, a Federal practice area, and we do not claim expertise in the laws of states other than where our attorneys are licensed.

  13. MIke
    December 4, 2016

    Good day to you Mr. Sauer.
    I came to this country as a child in 1977 and i have the old version green card and need to travel to Mexico for work purposes, my green card is slightly damaged with staples on the edges to keep it together .

    My question to you is do i Have to file a I-90 Form and pay for it $450.00 in order to get the I-551 Stamp on to my country’s passport to travel?
    or can i just get the passport stamped and deal with I-90 Expense later on?

    • Any US Permanent Resident (green card holder) who still has the old version of the green card, which does not have an expiration date, must file an I-90 to obtain a new card. The old versions of the card are no longer considered valid proof of Permanent Resident status (although you do not loose your Permanent Resident Status just because you have an old card). So, yes, someone in this situation would need to file an I-90. They could then apply to have an I-551 stamp put in their passport as proof of status while waiting for the new card.
      If you would like to have a consultation appointment with me to learn more about this, or to hire me to assist you, you can call 901-507-4270, and my paralegal, Jessica, can help you to schedule an appointment.
      * This is an advertisement. Ari Sauer is a Memphis immigration lawyer with the Siskind Susser law firm. On this blog we answer questions as a service to our readers, but we cannot assume any liability related to reliance on anything herein, and responses to questions are not intended to establish an attorney-client relationship. Immigration laws and regulations are constantly changing and the rules stated may not apply to your situation. Readers are cautioned to schedule a consultation with an immigration lawyer before acting on anything stated in this blog. This blog is not intended to substitute for a consultation with a qualified immigration law attorney. Ari Sauer is licensed to practice law through the states of Tennessee, New York and New Jersey but is eligible to assist clients from throughout the US. Certification as an Immigration Specialist is not currently available in Tennessee, New York or New Jersey. Siskind Susser limits its practice strictly to immigration law, a Federal practice area, and we do not claim expertise in the laws of states other than where our attorneys are licensed.

  14. Yolanda Lynn
    December 4, 2016

    Where do I find the class of admission and date of admission if my green card is lost and I have no copies? And how do I know which USCIS office granted me adjustment of status? Is it where I interviewed?

    • The USCIS office that interviewed the foreign national is likely the office that adjudicated the foreign national’s application for adjustment of status. The list of classes of admission is available at this link, https://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/ocomm/ilink/0-0-0-32054.html.
      If you would like to have a consultation appointment with me to learn more about this, or to hire me to assist you, you can call 901-507-4270, and my paralegal, Jessica, can help you to schedule an appointment.
      * This is an advertisement. Ari Sauer is a Memphis immigration lawyer with the Siskind Susser law firm. On this blog we answer questions as a service to our readers, but we cannot assume any liability related to reliance on anything herein, and responses to questions are not intended to establish an attorney-client relationship. Immigration laws and regulations are constantly changing and the rules stated may not apply to your situation. Readers are cautioned to schedule a consultation with an immigration lawyer before acting on anything stated in this blog. This blog is not intended to substitute for a consultation with a qualified immigration law attorney. Ari Sauer is licensed to practice law through the states of Tennessee, New York and New Jersey but is eligible to assist clients from throughout the US. Certification as an Immigration Specialist is not currently available in Tennessee, New York or New Jersey. Siskind Susser limits its practice strictly to immigration law, a Federal practice area, and we do not claim expertise in the laws of states other than where our attorneys are licensed.

  15. pascal blotiau
    August 22, 2016

    i lost my green card and started to file online but they require the card # which i do not know since i lost it and i didn’t write it anywhere
    thanks for your help

    • Do you have any receipt notices or approval notices from when you applied for your green card? The Alien Registration Number (A#) may be on those notices. Even if your A# is not on the notices, your local USCIS office may be able to use the receipt number(s) from those notices to look you up in their system and tell you your Alien Registration Number.
      If you would like to have a consultation appointment with me to learn more about this, or to hire me to assist you, you can call 901-507-4270, and my paralegal, Jessica, can help you to schedule an appointment.
      * This is an advertisement. Ari Sauer is a Memphis immigration lawyer with the Siskind Susser law firm. On this blog we answer questions as a service to our readers, but we cannot assume any liability related to reliance on anything herein, and responses to questions are not intended to establish an attorney-client relationship. Immigration laws and regulations are constantly changing and the rules stated may not apply to your situation. Readers are cautioned to schedule a consultation with an immigration lawyer before acting on anything stated in this blog. This blog is not intended to substitute for a consultation with a qualified immigration law attorney. Ari Sauer is licensed to practice law through the states of Tennessee, New York and New Jersey but is eligible to assist clients from throughout the US. Certification as an Immigration Specialist is not currently available in Tennessee, New York or New Jersey. Siskind Susser limits its practice strictly to immigration law, a Federal practice area, and we do not claim expertise in the laws of states other than where our attorneys are licensed.

  16. Anonymous
    August 8, 2016

    Hello I just did my I-90 Form because I lost my green card but I didn’t go to the police office to get a report that I lost my greencard. It’s it Ok if I didn’t reported to the police? Thank You!

    • One would only file a police report where their green card was stolen. One would not file a police report where the card was just lost.

      * This is an advertisement. Ari Sauer is a Memphis immigration lawyer with the Siskind Susser law firm. On this blog we answer questions as a service to our readers, but we cannot assume any liability related to reliance on anything herein, and responses to questions are not intended to establish an attorney-client relationship. Immigration laws and regulations are constantly changing and the rules stated may not apply to your situation. Readers are cautioned to schedule a consultation with an immigration lawyer before acting on anything stated in this blog. This blog is not intended to substitute for a consultation with a qualified immigration law attorney. Ari Sauer is licensed to practice law through the states of Tennessee, New York and New Jersey but is eligible to assist clients from throughout the US. Certification as an Immigration Specialist is not currently available in Tennessee, New York or New Jersey. Siskind Susser limits its practice strictly to immigration law, a Federal practice area, and we do not claim expertise in the laws of states other than where our attorneys are licensed.

  17. sameratiani130
    June 16, 2016

    I filed my I-90, did the biometrics appointment. I also made an InfoPass appointment next week for I-551 stamp. Do you know how long will it take after the appointment till my passport is stamped?

  18. Karen Oliveros
    June 15, 2016

    I lost my green card and just now found out, my flight is in just a week, if I started the I-90 application now would I be able to get the stamp in time to travel and return or not. Is there any other way to travel and be allowed back in the US? I still have my old residency card from before renewing to the new one would that work?

    • It is possible to file the I-90 online, and obtain an I-551 stamp in the passport within a week. It will depend on the person’s local USCIS field office and whether they have Infopass appointments available prior to the person’s departure date.
      I would recommend against trying to travel without an I-551 stamp, using only an expired card and an I-90 receipt. If someone was able to get on the plane and come to the US using these documents, then I would expect US immigration to allow someone into the US using these documents, even though it may take a couple hours to get through secondary inspection. But I think it is highly likely that the airline would not allow someone to board the airplane using these documents. If someone were to travel outside without obtaining an I-551 stamp, they would need to obtain a travel letter from the US embassy or consulate. How hard or easy it is to obtain a travel letter from the consulate would depend on what country the person is in. it is easier to get the I-551 stamp put in the passport prior to leaving the US.
      If you would like to have a consultation appointment with me to learn more about this, you can call 901-507-4270, and my paralegal, Jessica, can help you to schedule an appointment.
      * This is an advertisement. Ari Sauer is a Memphis immigration lawyer with the Siskind Susser law firm. On this blog we answer questions as a service to our readers, but we cannot assume any liability related to reliance on anything herein, and responses to questions are not intended to establish an attorney-client relationship. Immigration laws and regulations are constantly changing and the rules stated may not apply to your situation. Readers are cautioned to schedule a consultation with an immigration lawyer before acting on anything stated in this blog. This blog is not intended to substitute for a consultation with a qualified immigration law attorney. Ari Sauer is licensed to practice law through the states of Tennessee, New York and New Jersey but is eligible to assist clients from throughout the US. Certification as an Immigration Specialist is not currently available in Tennessee, New York or New Jersey. Siskind Susser limits its practice strictly to immigration law, a Federal practice area, and we do not claim expertise in the laws of states other than where our attorneys are licensed.

  19. Beverly Rosales
    May 24, 2016

    Hello, I already fill out my application to replace my green card and I already took my picture and fingerprints. But I didn’t get my green card yet, so What papers I need to receive that stamp?

    • The I-551 stamp is only for US permanent residents. If your application for adjustment of status (I-485) is still pending you cannot get an I-551 stamp. If you have applied for an advance parole travel document, then you will need to wait for USCIS to adjudicate that application. But I recommend that you do not travel abroad using an advance parole travel document without first consulting with an experienced immigration lawyer.
      If you would like to have a consultation appointment with me to learn more about this, you can call 901-507-4270, and my paralegal, Jessica, can help you to schedule an appointment.
      * This is an advertisement. Ari Sauer is a Memphis immigration lawyer with the Siskind Susser law firm. On this blog we answer questions as a service to our readers, but we cannot assume any liability related to reliance on anything herein, and responses to questions are not intended to establish an attorney-client relationship. Immigration laws and regulations are constantly changing and the rules stated may not apply to your situation. Readers are cautioned to schedule a consultation with an immigration lawyer before acting on anything stated in this blog. This blog is not intended to substitute for a consultation with a qualified immigration law attorney. Ari Sauer is licensed to practice law through the states of Tennessee, New York and New Jersey but is eligible to assist clients from throughout the US. Certification as an Immigration Specialist is not currently available in Tennessee, New York or New Jersey. Siskind Susser limits its practice strictly to immigration law, a Federal practice area, and we do not claim expertise in the laws of states other than where our attorneys are licensed.

  20. Desinor sacendy farah
    May 6, 2016

    I live in new jersey,and I lost my passport with my green card,i really have to travel this august ,its an emergency cause. I reported it to the police station they gave me the copy of the report. Whats next?

    • See my explanation in the blog post above as to what to do when your passport is lost or stolen.
      If you would like to have a consultation appointment with me to learn more about this, you can call 901-507-4270, and my paralegal, Jessica, can help you to schedule an appointment.
      * This is an advertisement. Ari Sauer is a Memphis immigration lawyer with the Siskind Susser law firm. On this blog we answer questions as a service to our readers, but we cannot assume any liability related to reliance on anything herein, and responses to questions are not intended to establish an attorney-client relationship. Immigration laws and regulations are constantly changing and the rules stated may not apply to your situation. Readers are cautioned to schedule a consultation with an immigration lawyer before acting on anything stated in this blog. This blog is not intended to substitute for a consultation with a qualified immigration law attorney. Ari Sauer is licensed to practice law through the states of Tennessee, New York and New Jersey but is eligible to assist clients from throughout the US. Certification as an Immigration Specialist is not currently available in Tennessee, New York or New Jersey. Siskind Susser limits its practice strictly to immigration law, a Federal practice area, and we do not claim expertise in the laws of states other than where our attorneys are licensed.

  21. Estefany
    March 15, 2016

    My green card it’s lost and i need travel on 23 and i ask for the I-551 that you talking but they tell me no because I don’t have a I-90 application. My question it’s if i have a emergency how they think i can make this application and take the finger print so fast? It’s any other think that i can do? Thanks

    • As I explained above, you need to file an application for replacement of the lost/stolen card (I-90) before USCIS will issue the I-551 stamp. I am sorry, but I don’t know of any way around that requirement. Fortunately, the I-90 application can be filed online, in which case the applicant can print out a receipt notice for the application that can be used to request the I-551 stamp.

      If you would like to have a consultation appointment with me to learn more about this, you can call 901-507-4270, and my paralegal, Jessica, can help you to schedule an appointment.

      * This is an advertisement. Ari Sauer is a Memphis immigration lawyer with the Siskind Susser law firm. On this blog we answer questions as a service to our readers, but we cannot assume any liability related to reliance on anything herein, and responses to questions are not intended to establish an attorney-client relationship. Immigration laws and regulations are constantly changing and the rules stated may not apply to your situation. Readers are cautioned to schedule a consultation with an immigration lawyer before acting on anything stated in this blog. This blog is not intended to substitute for a consultation with a qualified immigration law attorney. Ari Sauer is licensed to practice law through the states of Tennessee, New York and New Jersey but is eligible to assist clients from throughout the US. Certification as an Immigration Specialist is not currently available in Tennessee, New York or New Jersey. Siskind Susser limits its practice strictly to immigration law, a Federal practice area, and we do not claim expertise in the laws of states other than where our attorneys are licensed.

  22. Mehdi
    June 14, 2015

    My green-card is slightly damaged(the last letter of my first-name is a bit scratched).
    I need to travel in an emergency, can i get a I-551 stamp without applying for a I-90

    • Medhi, I don’t think that USCIS will issue an I-551 stamp without an I-90 to replace the damaged card first being filed. But currently the I-90 can be filed online on the USCIS website which will result in an immediate receipt notice to print out to show to USCIS. So this shouldn’t stop someone from obtaining an I-551 stamp in an emergency situation.

      * This is an advertisement. Ari Sauer is a Memphis immigration lawyer with the Siskind Susser law firm. http://www.visalaw.com/ari.html. On this blog we answer questions as a service to our readers, but we cannot assume any liability related to reliance on anything herein, and responses to questions are not intended to establish an attorney-client relationship. Immigration laws and regulations are constantly changing and the rules stated may not apply to your situation. Readers are cautioned to schedule a consultation with an immigration lawyer before acting on anything stated in this blog. This blog is not intended to substitute for a consultation with a qualified immigration law attorney. Ari Sauer is licensed to practice law through the states of Tennessee, New York and New Jersey but is eligible to assist clients from throughout the US. Certification as an Immigration Specialist is not currently available in Tennessee, New York or New Jersey. Siskind Susser limits its practice strictly to immigration law, a Federal practice area, and we do not claim expertise in the laws of states other than where our attorneys are licensed.

  23. cecile
    April 15, 2015

    My main question is my green card is lost & i need travel in a few days in my country. Can I still travel in the Philippines without green card?? Because I have an emergency there. I have a identification card. But I don’t have green card. Pls answer me thanks

    • See my post above. The I-90 can be filed online through the USCIS website (except in certain situations). With the receipt from the online I-90, one can apply for the I-551 stamp in the passport at the local USCIS office, after scheduling an Infopass appointment, which can be scheduled online at the USCIS website.

      If someone travels abroad without their green card or an I-551 stamp, they are going to have a hard time getting back into the US.

      * This is an advertisement. Ari Sauer is a Memphis immigration lawyer with the Siskind Susser law firm. http://www.visalaw.com/ari.html. On this blog we answer questions as a service to our readers, but we cannot assume any liability related to reliance on anything herein, and responses to questions are not intended to establish an attorney-client relationship. Immigration laws and regulations are constantly changing and the rules stated may not apply to your situation. Readers are cautioned to schedule a consultation with an immigration lawyer before acting on anything stated in this blog. This blog is not intended to substitute for a consultation with a qualified immigration law attorney. Ari Sauer is licensed to practice law through the states of Tennessee, New York and New Jersey but is eligible to assist clients from throughout the US. Certification as an Immigration Specialist is not currently available in Tennessee, New York or New Jersey. Siskind Susser limits its practice strictly to immigration law, a Federal practice area, and we do not claim expertise in the laws of states other than where our attorneys are licensed.

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