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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.
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