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Hi, I recently lost my US green card.... I've looked practically everywhere for a long time and it has not popped up. It'll cost me about $450 to have it replaced so I'm thinking to go ahead and apply for citizenship (been here for almost 10 years). I did keep a black and white copy of my green card. If I apply for US citizenship, would it still be necessary to apply to have my green card replaced?

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The challenge is at your interview/ civic test when you are deemed successful, you will show your green card and later submit it to the IO. How will you then overcome that hurdle?


{Day 0}     11/16/2017 N-400 submitted online

{Day 0}     11/16/2017 NOA mailed

{Day 02}   11/18/2017 Biometrics apt scheduled

{Day 20}   12/06/2017 Biometrics done

{Day 202} 06/06/2018 Interview Scheduled

{Day 207} 06/11/2018 Interview Letter received

{Day 238} 07/12/2018 Interview Day - Approved

{Day 242} 07/16/2018 Oath Scheduled

{Day 266} 08/09/2018 Oath Ceremony - I am a US Citizen!

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You will need a new green card first.


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Day 0 (4/23/12) Petitions mailed (I-360, I-485, I-765)
2 (4/25/12) Petitions delivered to Chicago Lockbox
11 (5/3/12) Received 3 paper NOAs
13 (5/5/12) Received biometrics appointment for 5/23
15 (5/7/12) Did an unpleasant walk-in biometrics in Fort Worth, TX
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345 (4/3/13) I-360, I-485 formally approved; green card production ordered
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Exactly. Apply for the replacement, then apply for citizenship once you receive it.


{Day 0}     11/16/2017 N-400 submitted online

{Day 0}     11/16/2017 NOA mailed

{Day 02}   11/18/2017 Biometrics apt scheduled

{Day 20}   12/06/2017 Biometrics done

{Day 202} 06/06/2018 Interview Scheduled

{Day 207} 06/11/2018 Interview Letter received

{Day 238} 07/12/2018 Interview Day - Approved

{Day 242} 07/16/2018 Oath Scheduled

{Day 266} 08/09/2018 Oath Ceremony - I am a US Citizen!

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No, you will NOT need a new green card first.

There are two different experiences I've read about

-At your interview they will ask you to sign a sworn statement saying that you lost your green card.

If you search the forums you'll find that several people passed their interviews after having lost their cards.

One such case was in the last couple of weeks.

-Some applicants filed a police report and took that with them to the interview. Here is such a case:

http://www.visajourney.com/forums/topic/304585-lost-green-card-for-naturalization-interview/

You'll see that this applicant was told he did not have to get a new green card.

You only need a new green card if the one you lost would have expired before you become a citizen.

Edited by JimmyHou

For a review of each step of my N-400 naturalization process, from application to oath ceremony, please click here.

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