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After 18 years as a green card holder, I finally applied for citizenship.  I went to my biometrics appointment yesterday, and when I went to put my ID away today, my green card was gone.  I have looked EVERYWHERE.  What should I do?  Should I spend $455 to replace it so that I can hand it over to them to destroy soon after?

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1 hour ago, Wendy said:

After 18 years as a green card holder, I finally applied for citizenship.  I went to my biometrics appointment yesterday, and when I went to put my ID away today, my green card was gone.  I have looked EVERYWHERE.  What should I do?  Should I spend $455 to replace it so that I can hand it over to them to destroy soon after?

Wow that really sucks. I applied after 13 years and had to apply for a replacement green card as I had lost mine. You will need to turn in the card when you get your citizenship. 


AOS

Filled : 2007-09-17

NOA : 2007-09-25

Biometrics : 2007-12-13

EAD card prod : 2007-12-13

Job Offer : 2007-12-18

EAD card prod : 2007-12-18

EAD approved mailed : 2007-12-21

EAD in Hand : 2007-12-24 (Awesome Christmas Present)

Applied for SSN : 2007-12-26

SSN arrives in mail : 2008-01-05 (Happy New Year)

Start work :2008-01-15

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Here are some useful threads. It seems that you don't need the actual green card to attend the oath ceremony unless things changed.

 

in 2016

https://www.visajourney.com/forums/topic/589188-lost-green-card-before-oath-in-houston/

 

in 2018

https://www.visajourney.com/forums/topic/674617-lost-green-card-before-oath-ceremony/

 

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Oath letter says bring this oath letter and GC and they asked GC and took from me during oath ceremony.  If you do not have GC, I learned from this board, that you need to write a sworn in statement during oath ceremony before they will allow you to take oath . Having a police record that you lost your GC and have that report will make your  life easy.

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Thank you so much for your replies and assistance....BUT I just got a call from the naturalization biometrics office and I apparently left my green card there! Of course, it would have been great to know before I asked your advice and/or dug through the dumpster at the gas station (you’d be surprised at how much beer is thrown out at the gas station!?) but I am definitely not complaining. Anyways, thanks again.  Hopefully, if this (god forbid) happens to someone else they will find your responses.

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27 minutes ago, Wendy said:

Thank you so much for your replies and assistance....BUT I just got a call from the naturalization biometrics office and I apparently left my green card there! Of course, it would have been great to know before I asked your advice and/or dug through the dumpster at the gas station (you’d be surprised at how much beer is thrown out at the gas station!?) but I am definitely not complaining. Anyways, thanks again.  Hopefully, if this (god forbid) happens to someone else they will find your responses.

congratulations! In some ways, it's the best place to misplace the greencard. Nobody wants to be accused of stealing something in that place!

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