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Abandonment of Lawful Permanent Resident Status (I-407)

Filing The Application

If you wish to abandon your permanent residence and relinquish your Permanent Resident Card (Green Card), please complete the Abandonment worksheet and make an InfoPass appointment to complete processing of Form I-407, Abandonment of Lawful Permanent Resident Status.

Abandonment worksheet (pdf - 623K)

Print the Form I-407, complete it and bring it to your appointment. If you are not able to access the form, a copy of Form I-407 will be given to you at your appointment. Ensure that you bring your valid passport.

Alternatively, you can relinquish your Permanent Resident Card by mail.  Please send us the I-407 and your Permanent Resident Card to the following address: 

USCIS
Giessener Strasse 30
60435 Frankfurt

A copy of the processed form will be given to you at your appointment for your records. For mailed in cases we will send you the form within 6-8 weeks. Should you need it faster, please make an InfoPass appointment and come in person.  

This copy of the completed I-407 is your receipt and it verifies the return of your Permanent Resident Card. You should keep a copy of the completed I-407 in your passport whenever you travel to the United States. 

Once the I-407 is completed, you will revert to your previous status as a non-resident of the US. In order to visit the US, you will need to comply with visa requirements for nationals of your country of citizenship. Citizens of certain countries are eligible to travel to the US for business or tourism under the Visa Waiver Program. Citizens of other countries or those going for purposes other than tourism or business will require nonimmigrant visas.

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.

The abandonment of lawful permanent resident status is irrevocable. An individual who relinquishes lawful permanent resident status must qualify again for such status. Therefore, one should give careful thought before abandoning lawful permanent resident status.