Abandon Permanent Residence
If you wish to abandon your permanent residence and relinquish your Permanent Resident Card popularly known as "Green Card", please download and print the attached form and complete the relevant items.
You will need to complete the Form I-407, "Abandonment of Lawful Permanent Resident Status".
Please return the following three items along with Form I-407:
- Completed Form I-407;
- Your passport;
- Your Permanent Resident Card;
- if your card is lost, however, you may present equivalent evidence such as copy of your form I-551 (green card) or Alien Documentation Identification and Telecommunication system stamp located in inside your passport
- Reentry Permit [if applicable]
You can submit the duly completed Form I-407 and other attachments to Window Three of the 2nd floor of AIT. Walk-ins are accommodated on Mondays and Wednesdays only from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (except U.S. and local holidays). .
You should keep a copy of the completed I-407 in your passport whenever you apply for a visa or travel to the United States.
Once the I-407 is completed, you will revert to your previous status as a non-immigrant as soon as the I-407 is processed by USCIS. The processing time is around 4-6 weeks. If you plan to apply for ESTA under VWP, you may be required to wait 4-6 weeks after completing the I-407 before registering on ESTA. If you need to travel to the United States before your I-407 is processed by USC IS, you may apply for a nonimmigrant visa. For more information on ESTA, please refer to the Visa Waiver Program.
Abandoning your Permanent Resident Card and status does not affect your ability to apply to immigrate to the United States at some future time. However, you will have to begin the process anew and apply through the usual application process.