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Legal Permanent Residents

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Legal Permanent Residents

I have been outside of the United States for over one year and do not have a valid reentry permit (Form I-327), may I return to the U.S.?
A legal permanent resident who remains outside the U.S. for over one year without a valid reentry permit has jeopardized his/her legal resident status.  If such a person wishes to return to the U.S. as a legal resident, he/she has two options-

1. Either a relative in the United States files a new immigrant visa petition OR

2. The LPR who has lost his/her residency status applies for a Returning Resident (SB-1) visa. 

In order to apply for an SB-1 visa, the LPR must visit http://www.ustraveldocs.com/in, and schedule a Consular interview using Category 2 appointment slot. Please bring the following documents to your Consulate appointment.

  • Completed Form DS-117
  • A valid passport
  • Two identical 2 x 2 inches photographs
  • A bank draft drawn on a nationalized or foreign bank in favor of the American Consulate General Mumbai. For fee information, click here.
  • LPR card.
  • Evidence to demonstrate that your protracted stay outside of the U.S. was for reasons beyond your control

I am a legal permanent resident of the U.S. but I wish to remain outside the U.S. for over one year.  Is it possible to do so?
Under current regulations a legal permanent resident of the United States (i.e. a person holding a green card) must return to the U.S. within 364 days of the last departure in order to retain status as a permanent resident.  If the person has obtained a reentry permit (form I-327), the person must return to the United States within the validity of the reentry permit in order to retain status as a permanent resident.  Reentry permits cannot be extended, and applications are only accepted in the U.S. by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.  See www.uscis.gov for more information.

My request for a reentry permit is approved. How can I collect it?
If you have received a notification from the U.S. Consulate General in Mumbai to collect your reentry permit, then you may visit the Consulate General any business day between 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. with your passport and the notification letter for collection.

My green card has expired but I have been outside the U.S. for less than one year.  May I travel to the U.S.?
Please refer to Public notice on expired alien registration cards (I-551)  (PDF 22KB).

I have lost my "Green Card", what do I do now?                                  
If you have lost your green card, the U.S. Consulate General may be able to issue you a Boarding Foil (formerly known as transportation letter) that will permit you to return to the United States. In order to apply for a boarding foil at the U.S. Consulate General in Mumbai, the LPR must visit http://www.ustraveldocs.com/in, and schedule a Consular interview using a Category 2 appointment slot. Please bring the following documents to your Consulate appointment.

  • Application Form
  • Valid passport
  • Police report regarding the loss of the LPR card
  • Copy of your LPR card, if available
  • Evidence to demonstrate that you have not been outside the United States for more than one year
  • Two identical 2 x 2 inches photographs

We often need three business days in order to confirm an applicant’s LPR status with other offices.  Upon confirmation, our Immigrant Visa Unit will send you a notification regarding your appointment at the Consulate. When you arrive at our office, please join the line for pending immigrant visa cases.  Please note that completing the process at the Consulate may require several hours.

All boarding foils issued by our office are valid for 30 days.  If your application for a boarding foil is approved and you fail to travel within the 30 day window, you will have to follow the same process to obtain a new boarding foil.

I have a valid reentry permit (Form I-327) but have lost my green card or it is expired.  May I travel to the U.S.?
Per 8CFR 211.1, an alien in possession of a valid form I-327, Permit to reenter the United states (i.e. reentry permit), does not require a visa to reenter the United States.  Therefore, you may travel with on only your valid reentry permit.

I am a legal permanent resident of the U.S.  While I was outside the U.S., I gave birth to a child.  Now I wish to return to the U.S.  May I take my child with me?
As outlined in 9 FAM 42.1 N1.1, a child under two years of age who was born of a Permanent Resident Alien mother during a temporary visit abroad does not require an immigrant visa in order to travel to the United States if the alien parent is in possession of a valid Form I-551 (i.e. green card), a valid reentry permit, or an SB-1 visa.  The child must be admitted to the U.S. within two years of birth and the accompanying parent must be applying for readmission upon first return after the birth of the child.  We suggest that the accompanying parent carry documentary evidence of his or her relationship to the child, including the child's passport and birth certificate.

I am a legal permanent resident, but I wish to abandon my LPR status because I am now living abroad.  How do I do so? 
In order to abandon your LPR card at the U.S. Consulate General in Mumbai, the LPR must visit http://www.ustraveldocs.com/in, and schedule a Consular interview using Category 2 appointment slot. Please bring the following documents to your Consulate appointment.

  • Valid Passport
  • Completed Form I-407
  • LPR card
  • Reentry Permit(s), if any

However, if you would like to apply for a nonimmigrant visa in the future, you may surrender your LPR card during your nonimmigrant visa interview at the Consulate. For nonimmigrant visa appointments, please visit www.ustraveldocs.com.   Please note that we cannot accept Form I-407 and green card sent directly to our office by mail.

My legal permanent resident relative passed away while in India.  Can the consulate assist me in getting a death certificate from the Indian government so I can claim my relative’s Social Security benefits?
No.  The consulate may assist in obtaining a death certificate from the Indian government only if the deceased was an American citizen.  However, a local attorney may be able to assist you in completing the formalities.  Click here for a list of attorneys who practice in our district.

I am a US immigrant currently in India and I have received an appointment notification for biometric fingerprints from USCIS Service Center to complete processing of my legal permanent resident card. Can I do this at the US Consulate in Mumbai?
The U.S. Consulate General does not provide fingerprinting services other than the routine collection of electronic fingerprints for visa applicants. 

If you entered the U.S. as an immigrant and need to complete processing for your legal permanent resident card, biometrics will be collected at the USCIS Service Center in the U.S. where your case is filed. If you received an appointment letter for biometric processing and have traveled to India, contact the USCIS office in New Delhi at cis.ndi@dhs.gov for further information on completing your application process.

Note: Our business days are Monday through Friday, except for U.S. and Indian holidays. The Immigrant Visa Unit will also remain closed to the public on the second and the last Wednesday of every month.