Replacing Green Cards
My Legal Permanent Resident (LPR) Card (Green Card) is about to expire. Can I file Form I-90 at the Consulate General?
My Green Card expired. I have been outside of the United States for less than 12 months. Do I need a boarding foil?
If your permanent resident Green Card has expired and you have been outside of the U.S. for less than 364 days without a Permit to Reenter the U.S., please contact the U.S. Consulate General Hong Kong (Address: 26 Garden Road, Central) with public hours on Tuesdays from 2 – 4pm. Kindly send us an email using the Visa Inquiry Form if you need urgent assistance outside of our public hours.
I applied for a Green Card but I have not received it. What should I do?
I lost my Green Card. What should I do?
First, you are required to report the loss of your Green Card to the local police authorities. You may then appear at the Consulate General to apply for a boarding foil if you have been outside of the U.S. for less than 364 days without a Permit to Reenter the U.S. For information on boarding foil, see Applying for a boarding foil.
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; or
- An expired Permanent Resident Card (with a two-year validity), and a Form I-797, Notice of Action, indicating that status is extended; or
- 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?
I forgot my Green Card in the United States. What should I do?
You should have someone send it from the United States.
I need to be fingerprinted for a USCIS service such as adjustment of status, re-entry permit or a naturalization application. Does the Consulate General offer fingerprinting services?
No. Individuals residing in Hong Kong or Macau who seek fingerprinting for other USCIS services (such as re-entry permits) should either attend their biometric appointment in the United States or contact the USCIS office for more information.
Maintaining Permanent Resident Status
I expect to be outside of the United States for more than 12 months. What should I do?
If you plan to be outside of the United States for more than 12 months, you should apply for a re-entry permit before leaving the United States. You will be required to file Form I-131, Application for a Travel Document/Re-entry Permit with USCIS before you depart the U.S. A re-entry permit is normally valid for up to 2 years and shows that you are returning from a temporary visit abroad. You will be required to show the re-entry permit at the port of entry when you enter the United States.
I did not apply for a re-entry permit before leaving the United States and it has been more than one year since I left the U.S. What should I do?
If you did not apply for a re-entry permit before leaving the United States and have been overseas for more than 12 months, it is possible that your LPR status has lapsed. You may need to undergo the entire immigrant visa process anew. See Returning Resident (SB-1).
Can I file for a re-entry permit with the Consulate General?
Change of Address
I entered the United States on an immigrant visa. My address changed before I received my Green Card. What should I do?
Last modified: February 3, 2017