Lost Green Card
If you have lost your Alien Receipt Card (I-551), also known as the “green card”, and wish to return to reside in the United States, you will need to appear in person at the U.S. Consulate General in Auckland to apply for a Boarding Foil.
This will allow you to be re-admitted to the United States, however an I-551 card can only be replaced/re-issued by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) within the U.S.
You may find the form and the instructions here: (https://www.uscis.gov/i-131a)
If you plan to file a Form I-131A to apply for a LPR boarding foil, please note that you must pay the filing fee online on the USCIS website before appearing in person at the consular section. Information on the new form and fee is located here (https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/form-i-131a-now-available) . You must bring evidence of payment, in the form of a printed email receipt notice or confirmation page, when you appear in person to file Form I-131A. As with all immigration fees, USCIS does not issue refunds, regardless of the decision on the application.
You may find additional information on and instructions for the I-131A on the I-131A Form and Instructions page.
- Can the I-131A fee paid to USCIS be refunded? An I-131A fee will only be refunded in the event of U.S. government error. USCIS will not process a refund if an applicant later determines that a LPR boarding foil was unnecessary. Please contact the relevant USCIS Field Office for more information.
- What evidence can LPRs present at an airport, rather than applying for a boarding foil? To enter the U.S., a LPR may present at least one of the following items in place of a boarding foil:
- An expired Permanent Resident Card with a 10-year expiration date,
- A valid Permanent Resident Card (with a two-year validity), and a Form I-797, Notice of Action, indicating that status is extended,
- Orders from the U.S. government (civilian or military) showing that time outside the U.S. was on official government business. These individuals should consult their air carrier prior to completion of an I-131A and payment of the fee.
- Where can I obtain my A number or find out more information? Please direct your inquiries to the nearest USCIS field office location.