Abandonment of Lawful Permanent Resident Status (I-407)
If you wish to abandon your permanent residence and relinquish your Permanent Resident Card "Green Card", please download and print the attached form, completing those items that are highlighted in yellow.
You will need to complete the yellow-highlighted sections in form I-407, "Abandonment of Lawful Permanent Residence".
Please return the following three items to the address below:
Your Permanent Resident Card
A stamped, self-addressed envelope
P.O. Box 2444
London W1A 5WT
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 in the stamped, self-address 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 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-immigrant and may apply for admission into the United States in the manner of any other person of common nationality. This includes the use of the Visa Waiver Program, provided you meet the normal criteria for that program.
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.
|Quoting Parisien (Reply 4):|
thank you very much for the very useful information.
However, given that the process will probably take time, can he enter the US on the visa waiver program even without the confirmed I407 (but just a copy of the form he completed and sent) ?
|Quoting PanAmerican (Reply 5):|
I don't quite understand why a British guy has his French friend ask on a Swedish aviation website about his American Green Card . That's pretty amusing, but not a very reliable source of information for these matters
|Quoting IFEMaster (Reply 9):|
But things get very tricky if he reenters on an I-91W (Visa Waiver) as it essentially resets his status with BCIS.
|Quoting PanAmerican (Reply 6):|
This requirement would of course only be waived in his case for the time after completing the I-407, i.e. if he didn't know he had to file for the last 3 years he could also be in trouble at immigration since they do have this data available.
Again, I don't know what the consequences of not filing taxes could be though...
|Quoting PanAmerican (Reply 5):|
To find out what best to do, I suggest your friend call either the nearest United States Embassy or USCIS (formerly INS) and ask them... They would know the answers to all his questions for sure.
|Quoting Parisien (Reply 11):|
Hi there, can you explain what you mean by "resets his status with BCIS" ? As I have said above, he had no intention of returning to live in the US, just a visit to his old chums who are all getting older !
So, he can actually enter on visa waiver like that ?
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