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Former green card holder back and married after 20 years

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Hello all!

I'm having trouble with the following field in i-485:

"Have you ever applied for permanent resident status in the U.S.? - If yes give date and place of filing and final disposition"

My status:

I've been in the US for 3 months on a B-2 . Got married 3 weeks ago. My wife is an american citizen.

Pretty standard deal other than the fact that I had a green card when I was a child here.

My family and I didn't stay here long enough to get the option for citizenship.

No legal issues or anything. We just left. ("Who does that?!" you ask? Don't get me started :-/)

I do know my Social Security number. Still in the system. Can't do anything with it though. I also know my old A number and after speaking with a clerk at the nearest USCIS, was made clear that it is null and void and I don't need to even mention it on the forms as my green card was abandoned.

So how would I fill out that field? I did have permanent residence here. I don't have any of the info though.

If there is anyone here that had a similar experience, I would much appreciate any guidance.

Thank you!

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The USCIS officer you spoke with gave you poor advice, because you most certainly have to declare your previous green card on any new I-485.

Perhaps enter "Unknown" for whatever you can't recall, but give all the details you can. Most important will be your alien number, as they can pull the rest of your information from that.

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Filed: Timeline

Good point Hypnos, I was thinking the same. Full disclosure is always better than missing some detail and an INS officer having a bad day and noticing it.

In any case, I'll run all this through an immigration lawyer before I send it out. I just trying to get as much as I can done myself in order to save some time and money. Any recommendations in San Jose area?

Quite the packet:

i-130, i-485, 2X g-325a for me and wifey, i-693, i-765, i-864

I'll need to buy more ink for the printer!

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Filed: Timeline

I am also in the same situation. I'm a previous green card holder. I sent my GC back after I moved to Canada. I'm a Canadian citizen now.

Next year, wife will be applying for IR-1 for me. I can see the form I-130 & i-864 is asking for an (alien number) A# and SSN. I know my SSN, but don't remember A#

Could it become a problem if I write "unknown" for the A#?

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We were also in the same situation. we had given up greencard many years ago and are getting IR5 visa now which leads to green card once we enter USA.

We had asked NVC and were told to mention we had previous greencard but for the A number, as we did not have it, we left unknown.

It is perfectly fine and now have been approved and are waiting to enter USA.

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