Permanent Resident Card issues
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website provides information and directions necessary to apply for Permanent Resident Cards, aka Alien Registration Receipt Cards (ARC), aka 'green cards', including renewal or replacement such cards. A 'green card' is proof of one's Legal Permanent Resident (LPR) status and required for readmission to the United States.
U.S. legal permanent residents visiting or transiting the Netherlands whose I-551 Alien Registration Receipt Card (green card) has expired or has been stolen/lost, can request the U.S. Consulate General to issue them a no fee 'Boarding Foil,' valid for one entry to the United States within 30 days of issuance. You should not leave the United States again until you have applied for and received your new card. You can apply for your replacement card electronically now, through the USCIS website.
To apply for a Boarding Foil in Amsterdam, the Permanent Resident should bring the following:
- A valid passport
- An I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card, completed in full but not signed. (Click on the link, print and answer ALL questions on pages 1-3.)
- His/her alien registration number (A-number aka green card number, consisting of A-0 + eight digits)
- Two recent 2" x 2" passport photographs. Click here for U.S. style photo specifications.
- Police report of stolen or lost permanent resident card (if applicable)
- Evidence of last departure from the United states (for example airline (e-)ticket or boarding pass)
The Consular officer can only consider issuing a Boarding Foil upon verification of your status by the USCIS. As the Consulate General does not have direct access to USCIS records this may take from one to several days, usually no more than five workdays. For this process it is imperative that you provide us with your A-number (alien registration card number). Once permission is granted you will get an appointment to pick up your Boarding Foil. Boarding Foils will not be mailed.
If you do not have your principal residence outside the United States, you probably have lost your U.S. resident status. In that case you cannot apply for a new card and you are advised to follow the abandoning procedure below.
When can one apply for a Boarding Foil in Amsterdam?
This service is available during our regular immigration service opening hours, which are Tuesday and Thursday, from 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm. Please contact us via the e-mail address below for appointment availability. To apply, you will need to present proof of your return flight to the U.S. before scheduling your application appointment.
Please note, the application takes 24 hours to process and the applicant will generally have to return the following workday to pick up the boarding foil.
To schedule your application appointment, you must send:
- All information requested by our I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card;
- A copy of the biopage of your passport, if available;
- A scan or copy of your return flight reservation;
in advance, by e-mail to: ImmigrantVisasAms@state.gov or by fax to: (0)20-575 5389.
If you no longer reside in the U.S., or if you are otherwise subject to loss of permanent resident status, you must abandon your claim to that status by filing form I-407 with the Consulate General. Often an immigration inspector at port of entry into the U.S., if he has determined you are no longer considered to have your residence in the U.S., will advise you to do so upon your return to the Netherlands.
The form I-407 can be downloaded here (PDF_622.60KB) and is to be presented, with your passport, and your permanent resident card ('green card')* to the Consular officer.
You will need to set up an appointment by e-mail. Generally, appointments are available Tuesday or Thursday at 1:30 p.m. To make an appointment, please e-mail us here and let us know which Tuesday or Thursday is best for you. Please select a day at least one week away. We will confirm your appointment via reply e-mail. There is no fee for this process.
Your passport will receive an 'I-407 filed' stamp and we'll provide you with a few copies of the I-407 signed by the Consular officer. One of these copies you may, for instance, send to the IRS to prove you no longer reside in the U.S.
All over age 14 must come in person as the I-407 is to be signed before a consular officer. Children under age 14 do not have to come in as a parent can sign their child's I-407 form. But we do require the child's passport and resident card.
*If you are no longer in possession of your card, please bring any other official USCIS document, e.g. correspondence, entries in (expired) passport(s), etc., showing your alien registration number (A-number).
Left Your Resident Card At Home?
- If you have left the U.S. without your permanent resident card, have a friend or family member send it to you by courier service. This is quicker and cheaper than having to apply for a boarding foil. Furthermore, a boarding foil does not guarantee your entry into the U.S. You will still have to prove to the immigration officer at port of entry you are entitled to resident status. If there really is no way to arrange having your card sent over, please follow the guidance for a lost or stolen permanent resident card.