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A friend of mine just left the USA and forgot his Green Card. What can he do in order to reenter the USA?

Can the GC just be mailed to him? I must confess that I find it hard to believe. Can you leave the USA without showing your GC?

Anyway, he's gone for two weeks. Can his brother mail the GC to him?


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May 21st 2006: Entered the USA on a K1 visa

July 2nd 2006: Marriage ceremony

Oct 10th 2006:Received Green Card

REMOVING CONDITIONS

August 12th 2008: Sent I 751 to CSC

Dec 5th 2008: Green Card in the mail

NATURALIZATION

Dec 4th: Sent N 400

March 18th: Interview

May 24th 2011: Oath in Minneapolis. Journey is over.

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I would think that you could leave the US without your GC because you only need it to enter the US not leave the US ...

I would also think that you would present your passport from your home country when entering any other country other than the US ...

I am not sure how someone could forget their greencard as I would be the type to check, double check and then triple check that I had it on me ... But my wife does say I have OCD :)

I would be worried about mailing a greencard within the US let alone to a different country and I am not sure what would happen if you arrived at US immigration without your GC ... I am sure someone with more experience would be able to answer that question ...


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A friend of mine just left the USA and forgot his Green Card. What can he do in order to reenter the USA?

Can the GC just be mailed to him? I must confess that I find it hard to believe. Can you leave the USA without showing your GC?

Um, have you ever seen any exit-control officials at US airports (as you do in India and some other countries)?

Anyway, he's gone for two weeks. Can his brother mail the GC to him?

The GC could be couriered (I wouldn't use regular mail, for obvious reasons), but it is still risky.


2005/07/10 I-129F filed for Pras

2005/11/07 I-129F approved, forwarded to NVC--to Chennai Consulate 2005/11/14

2005/12/02 Packet-3 received from Chennai

2005/12/21 Visa Interview Date

2006/04/04 Pras' entry into US at DTW

2006/04/15 Church Wedding at Novi (Detroit suburb), MI

2006/05/01 AOS Packet (I-485/I-131/I-765) filed at Chicago

2006/08/23 AP and EAD approved. Two down, 1.5 to go

2006/10/13 Pras' I-485 interview--APPROVED!

2006/10/27 Pras' conditional GC arrives -- .5 to go (2 yrs to Conditions Removal)

2008/07/21 I-751 (conditions removal) filed

2008/08/22 I-751 biometrics completed

2009/06/18 I-751 approved

2009/07/03 10-year GC received; last 0.5 done!

2009/07/23 Pras files N-400

2009/11/16 My 46TH birthday, Pras N-400 approved

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A friend of mine just left the USA and forgot his Green Card. What can he do in order to reenter the USA?

Can the GC just be mailed to him? I must confess that I find it hard to believe. Can you leave the USA without showing your GC?

Anyway, he's gone for two weeks. Can his brother mail the GC to him?

There are only two people who check your passport when you leave the USA - the airline agent at the counter (generally to make sure you have a return ticket if you are not a citizen of the destination country), and the TSA agent, to make sure your name matches your ticket. They're not looking for whether you are allowed to return to the USA, because basically, that's not their job to decide.

If he's got his passport stamped, then he can reenter. Otherwise, he's going to need his GC. Safest way is to use private courier, at worst, use FedEx.


9/4/06 - AOS package accepted at Chicago

9/11/06 - ND AOS package

9/14/06 - NOA AOS, AP and EAD

9/16/06 - Biometrics letter received

9/18/06 - All touched

9/19/06 - AP and EAD touched

9/20/06 - RFE notice by email (verify income and employment)

9/23/06 - Biometrics

9/25/06 - NOA I-130 (finally)

9/26/06 - Touched AOS and EAD

10/4/06 - Returned RFE materials by USPS Express mail

10/5/06 - RFE materials signed for by D Atwell

10/12/06 - E-Mail notification RFE material received 10/10/06

11/3/06 - Received interview notice (for 12/18/06)

12/18/06 - Approved with letter in hand (no stamp)

1/3/07 - GC in hand Remove conditions 9/18/08

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They will be able to tell at the POE that he is a permanent resident. Just explain at the POE that it was forgotten. They give him a small lecture and then let him enter.


05/16/2005 I-129F Sent

05/28/2005 I-129F NOA1

06/21/2005 I-129F NOA2

07/18/2005 Consulate Received package from NVC

11/09/2005 Medical

11/16/2005 Interview APPROVED

12/05/2005 Visa received

12/07/2005 POE Minneapolis

12/17/2005 Wedding

12/20/2005 Applied for SSN

01/14/2005 SSN received in the mail

02/03/2006 AOS sent (Did not apply for EAD or AP)

02/09/2006 NOA

02/16/2006 Case status Online

05/01/2006 Biometrics Appt.

07/12/2006 AOS Interview APPROVED

07/24/2006 GC arrived

05/02/2007 Driver's License - Passed Road Test!

05/27/2008 Lifting of Conditions sent (TSC > VSC)

06/03/2008 Check Cleared

07/08/2008 INFOPASS (I-551 stamp)

07/08/2008 Driver's License renewed

04/20/2009 Lifting of Conditions approved

04/28/2009 Card received in the mail

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Some airlines will not even board passengers without valid visas for US.

I am not quite sure that POE officer will let a person enter on his/her verbal claim of legal permanent residency.

Options:

1. Make a photocopy of I551 and have original courried. I would use local hub, not residental address.

2. Go to local US consulate and try talking to consular officer. I am not sure what that will accomplish. Having a copy of I551 would really help at that point.

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Some airlines will not even board passengers without valid visas for US.

I am not quite sure that POE officer will let a person enter on his/her verbal claim of legal permanent residency.

Options:

1. Make a photocopy of I551 and have original courried. I would use local hub, not residental address.

2. Go to local US consulate and try talking to consular officer. I am not sure what that will accomplish. Having a copy of I551 would really help at that point.

I got your point Nemu. What I can't get is how on earth he could have left the USA without being inspected by immigration? Or maybe am I wrong? Do they inspect you when you leave?

Now when he will receive his GC by mail, will he face any problem upon on reentry because he left without it?


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May 21st 2006: Entered the USA on a K1 visa

July 2nd 2006: Marriage ceremony

Oct 10th 2006:Received Green Card

REMOVING CONDITIONS

August 12th 2008: Sent I 751 to CSC

Dec 5th 2008: Green Card in the mail

NATURALIZATION

Dec 4th: Sent N 400

March 18th: Interview

May 24th 2011: Oath in Minneapolis. Journey is over.

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There is no immigration inspection upon leaving the US. There is only immigration inspection upon entering - or trying to enter - the US. If he is able to obtain his Green Card and able to present it upon re-entry to the US, he will have no problems because he left without it. The Green Card is required for proof of his right to enter the US as a permanent resident. He does need to check with the airline he plans to use. If he plans to return to the US without the green card hoping that US immigration at the border can verify his right, the airlines may still not allow him to board the plane for the flight to the US if he has no proof that they will allow him to enter. Airlines are fined for transporting individuals who lack the necessary documents to enter the US and are turned away after a flight to the US so they try to minimize their loss by refusing such individuals when they try to board for their flights.


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I am not quite sure that POE officer will let a person enter on his/her verbal claim of legal permanent residency.

They don't have to take his word for it. They can check their system and it will show the residence.


05/16/2005 I-129F Sent

05/28/2005 I-129F NOA1

06/21/2005 I-129F NOA2

07/18/2005 Consulate Received package from NVC

11/09/2005 Medical

11/16/2005 Interview APPROVED

12/05/2005 Visa received

12/07/2005 POE Minneapolis

12/17/2005 Wedding

12/20/2005 Applied for SSN

01/14/2005 SSN received in the mail

02/03/2006 AOS sent (Did not apply for EAD or AP)

02/09/2006 NOA

02/16/2006 Case status Online

05/01/2006 Biometrics Appt.

07/12/2006 AOS Interview APPROVED

07/24/2006 GC arrived

05/02/2007 Driver's License - Passed Road Test!

05/27/2008 Lifting of Conditions sent (TSC > VSC)

06/03/2008 Check Cleared

07/08/2008 INFOPASS (I-551 stamp)

07/08/2008 Driver's License renewed

04/20/2009 Lifting of Conditions approved

04/28/2009 Card received in the mail

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