Green Card

If you no longer live inside the United States, or otherwise wish to give up your US Permanent Resident Status (Green Card), you must record the withdrawal with USCIS Form I-407. Here’s how to give up or relinquish your green card.

How do I give up my green card?

You can give up your US permanent residency (green card) by filing Form I-407 with US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Form I-407 records the voluntary abandonment of your status as a lawful permanent resident (LPR) of the United States. This process is permanent and will require you to re-apply for permanent residency in the future if you decide to return to the US as a permanent resident.

What should I provide when I give up my green card?

When you file USCIS Form I-407 you should include your original green card, if you have it. You should not submit any other documents such as a driver’s license or your social security card.

Will I have any tax obligations if I give up my green card?

If you file USCIS Form I-407 your name and the filing date will be reported to the Internal Revenue Service by USICS. There may be significant income tax consequences when you are no longer a lawful permanent resident, such as being subject to an expatriation tax.

What if I am 14 years old or younger?

If you are a green card holder that is 14 years of age or younger, your parent, custodial parent, or duly appointed legal guardian must sign and consent to submit Form I-407.

  • The parent or custodial parent must submit evidence to establish the parental relationship with the minor
  • The duly appointed legal guardian must submit evidence of guardianship for the minor

What if the green card holder is an incapacitated adult?

If you are a green card holder as an incapacitated adult, the duly appointed legal guardian must sign and consent to submit Form I-407.

    • A duly appointed legal guardian must submit evidence of guardianship for the incapacitated adult

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