Abandoning U.S. Permanent Residence
Last updated April 2011
Abandonment of Lawful Permanent Resident Status (I-407)
If you wish to abandon your permanent residence and relinquish your Permanent Resident Card or "Green Card", please download the I-407 Form and complete only those items that are highlighted in yellow.
You will need to complete the yellow-highlighted sections in form I-407 [PDF 624Kb], "Abandonment of Lawful Permanent Residence". Please note that this is a Form-Fill PDF format that allows you to type in the information prior to printing.
Upon completion of the form in the presence of the Consular Officer, please return the documents listed below in one of the following manners: VIA COURIER (FEDEX/DHL/UPS/OTHER) TO THE ADDRESS BELOW IN JAMAICA OR DIRECTLY TO U.S. CONSULATE CURACAO:
- Completed I-407
- Note 1: Item 6(a) - Be sure to state your reasons for abandoning your permanent resident status;
- Note 2: Item 6(d) - Do not write anything in this block.
- Permanent Resident Card (I-551)
- Note 3: If you don't have your permanent resident card (lost/stolen/misplaced), please explain in 6(b).
- Your Permit to Re-Enter (I-327) (only if applicable)
- G-28 - Notice of Entry of Appearance as Attorney or Representative (only if applicable)
- A stamped, self-addressed envelope ( Note: If you are using a courier service, please provide an account number for the return of your receipt. Also, if more than one application is submitted from one family, you only need to provide one envelope.)
Special Note: Do not submit United States Social Security cards to this office.
Please mail your completed form and required documents to:
Embassy of the United States of America
142 Old Hope Road
Once the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office receives your completed Form I-407 and your Permanent Resident Card, the appropriate documentation stamps will be placed on the form along with the USCIS officer's signature. A copy of this form will be returned to you by courier or in the stamped, self-addressed envelope you provide. This copy of the completed I-407 is your receipt and it validates the return of your Permanent Resident Card. You should keep a copy of the completed I-407 with your passport when you travel to the United States.
Abandoning your Permanent Resident Card and status does not affect your ability to apply to immigrate to the United States at some future time. However, you will have to begin the process anew and apply through the usual application process.
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