Green Card Abandonment (Abandonment of Lawful Permanent Resident status)
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As a permanent resident of the United States holding a Green Card (permanent resident card) you have to maintain your status in order to continue to be admitted to the United States as a permanent resident. You can find guidance on USCIS’s website regarding how to maintain your permanent resident status.
If you are unable to maintain your status, because you reside permanently outside the United States or for other reasons chose to remain outside the country for long periods of time, you may choose to voluntarily abandon your Green Card. This would prevent complications at the port of entry when applying for entry to the United States as a non-immigrant with a visa or by using the ESTA program.
How to abandon your Green Card
Please print out and complete the I-407 form. Next, collect the following documents:
- Your Green Card (Lawful Permanent Resident Card)
- Permit to Re-Enter (Form I-327, only if applicable)
- Notice of Entry of Appearance as Attorney or Representative (Form G-28, only if applicable)
Send the I-407 form, your Green Card and supporting documentation to USCIS at the following address:
Embassy of the United States of America (DHS/USCIS)
24 Grosvenor Square
London W1K 6AH
DO NOT SUBMIT: United States Social Security cards to this office. Contact the U.S. Embassy Federal Benefits Unit for information on the return of social security cards.
Once USCIS Field Office London Receives your completed Form I-407 and applicable supporting documentation, a copy of the I-407 form will be returned to you in the self-addressed envelope you provided. This is your record to show that you have formally abandoned your permanent resident status. We recommend that you take a copy of the processed I-407 form with you to the port of entry in the United States the first time you travel after abandoning your status. Please remember to apply online for the Electronic System for Travel Authorization if you are eligible to travel visa-free to the United States, or apply for a non-immigrant visa at the nearest United States Embassy or Consulate.
After returning your Green Card
Signing the I-407 and abandoning your Green Card will formally communicate to the immigration authorities that it is no longer your intent to return to the United States as a permanent resident. When you give up your status and your card, you also give up the rights and benefits that go with that status. If in the future you want to return to the United States as a permanent resident, you will need to apply for a new Green Card.
The consular section will sometimes receive inquiries as to whether a former permanent resident will have problems entering the U.S. after the Green Card has been returned. We cannot provide any assurances on this matter. It is always the immigration officer at the port of entry who determines whether a traveler to the U.S. may enter the country (either with a visa or under the Visa Waiver Program with an approved ESTA).
Please check the USCIS website at www.uscis.gov for additional information on permanent resident status.