Information for Green Card Holders
Renewing or Replacing a Green Card
LPRs who have remained outside of the USA for more than one year, without prior permission, and who wish to return to the USA, must apply for a returning resident visa. Please see information on this website regarding returning resident visas.If it can be established that the LPR has been outside of the USA for less than one year, and his/her Green Card is expired or lost, the U.S. Embassy may issue a transportation letter to enable the LPR to board and plane and enter the USA, where he/she can submit the application for a new Green Card.
An application for a transportation letter must include:
- Expired Green Card or a police report or written statement explaining the loss of the Green Card (with English translation if necessary)
- Proof of identify (i.e. U.S. drivers license or other U.S.-issued ID card)
- Ticket or boarding pass from flight on which you departed the USA
Four photos (2 inches x 2 inches on a white background; both ears must be visible)
- $165 cash
Once these documents and photos are collected, please contact the Consular Section at KabulIV@state.gov to arrange for a time to come to the Embassy and apply for the transportation letter.