Green Card Abandonment (Abandonment of Lawful Permanent Resident status)

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Overview

As a permanent resident of the United States holding a Green Card (permanent resident/LPR card) you must maintain your status in order to continue to be admitted to the United States as a permanent resident. You can find guidance on maintaining your permanent resident status (LPR status) on USCIS’s website.
If you are unable to maintain your status because you reside permanently – or for long periods of time - outside the United States, you may wish to voluntarily abandon your LPR status and card. Voluntarily abandoning your LPR status may help avoid complications and delays at the U.S. port of entry when arriving as a non-immigrant visa holder.

How to return the “Green Card”

Lawful permanent residents within Denmark should complete and send the I-407 form and their Green Card to the USCIS Field Office – Rome, Italy by following the instructions on this web page
If you file Form I-407 by mail, a copy of the form will be mailed to you.
The copy of the completed I-407 is your receipt and it verifies the return of your Permanent Resident Card. You should keep a copy of the completed I-407 in your passport whenever you travel to the United States.

After returning the “Green Card”

Signing and submitting the I-407 form and card will formally communicate to the immigration authorities that you do not intend to return to the United States as a Legal Permanent Resident.
When you give up your status and your card, you also give up the rights and benefits associated with that status. If at a later time you want to live, work or study in the United States, you will have to obtain the appropriate visa in order to do so. If you want to return to the United States as a permanent resident, you will have to re-apply for a new immigrant visa.
If you have further questions regarding this process, kindly contact the USCIS Field Office – Rome, Italy.