Lost Green Card

Travel to the United States When There is a Lost or Stolen Permanent Resident Card

Please reference these two websites of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service on International Travel as a Permanent Resident and Maintaining Permanent Residence.

The Consular Section in Yerevan cannot replace a lost, stolen or expired green card in Armenia. To replace or renew your green card, you must return to the United States, contact the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service, and apply for a new green card.  To apply for a new Green Card, applicants must file Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card, and pay the filing fee. Visit the following page at uscis.gov/I-90 for more information.

The U.S. Embassy may be able to issue a boarding foil to you if your green card is lost, stolen, or expired, and you have not been outside of the United States for more than one continuous year or beyond the validity period of a Re-entry Permit.  A boarding foil allows legal permanent residents to demonstrate to an airline that they are authorized to travel to a United States port of entry and apply for admission to the United States.  The foil does not guarantee admission.  Customs and Border Protection officials will determine whether to admit or parole you into the United States.

To apply for a boarding foil, please schedule an interview appointment with the Immigrant Visa Unit by registering at https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-am/iv.  You can find more information at https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-AM/iv/information/lpr_help.

During your interview, you will file Form I-131A at the U.S. Embassy, Yerevan.  The filing fee for Form I-131A is $360.  You must pay the fee online, prior to your interview, using a credit or debit card or U.S. bank account through USCIS online payment system.  You must bring evidence that you paid the fee, such as a copy of the payment confirmation page or a copy of the email payment receipt notice.  Along with the complete I-131A form and the USCIS payment receipt, you must present a police report documenting the circumstances of the green card loss or theft if applicable, your passport, and two 5cm X 5cm photos.

Note: the fee for this form cannot be waived.  In addition, there is no possibility to refund the fee, regardless of the decision on the application.

The boarding foil may be valid for no more than 30 days, with a single entry.

The application process generally takes two weeks, but some cases may take longer.  You should not make any travel plans until you receive your boarding foil.