Lost Green Cards
LOST/STOLEN GREEN CARDS – BOARDING FOILS
NOTE: The U.S. Embassy cannot issue replace a lost/stolen green card.
A lawful permanent resident of the United States is required to present a valid unexpired I-551 Form (Permanent Resident Card, commonly known as a “green card”) if seeking readmission to the United States after a temporary absence of less than one year.
If you are a lawful permanent resident wishing to return to the United States soon and you don't have an I-551 (green card) for one of the following reasons:
- Expired conditional green card;
- Expired 10-year green card;
- Not yet received, and the stamp affixed in your passport "Processed for I-551" has expired;
then, you may apply for a boarding foil, which may be considered by an airline as evidence of permanent resident status. You will be required to provide the following:
- Two photographs (2” x 2”/5cm x 5cm), full face forward, white background.
- A valid passport
- Identification (passport, driver’s license, etc.)
- Convincing evidence of Legal Permanent Residence status (copy of the Green Card, DHS stamps in the passport, etc.)
- Convincing evidence that you have been outside the United States for less than one year (entry/exit stamps in your passport, airline ticket stubs, etc.)
- A report from the local police about your lost/stolen green card.
- Pages 1-3 of Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card
Appointments for application for a boarding foil may be made via e-mail at RiyadhIV@state.gov. There is currently no fee for a boarding foil.
If you do not provide convincing evidence of identification, current Legal Permanent Residence status or evidence that your absence outside the United States was less than one year, a boarding foil cannot be issued. Instead, you would need to make an application for Returning Resident Visa (http://riyadh.usembassy.gov/immigrant_visas/returning-resident.html) and demonstrate that the absence of more than a year was beyond your control. Alternatively, a new Immigrant Visa petition (http://riyadh.usembassy.gov/petition-riyadh.html) would need to be filed on your behalf.