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Permanent Residents

Services for Legal Permanent Residents

The following are the services provided to Legal Permanent Residents of the United States in the U.S. Embassy in Caracas. Keep in mind that is required to schedule an appointment for any of these services. To schedule an appointment please contact immigrantcaracas@state.gov.

  • Returning Residents
     

    If a Legal Permanent Resident remains outside of the United States for more than one year, without prior approval by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (see USCIS, Immigration Forms, Form I-131, Application for Re-entry Permit), he or she loses residency status.  The alien can return to the United States via a Returning Resident visa (SB-1) if he or she files a DS-117 form (non-refundable fee of U.S. $275 or equivalent in local Bolivares currency) and is approved by a Consular Officer.

    The DS-117 requires the alien to demonstrate that:

    1. He or she had the status of an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence at the time of departure from the United States;
    2. He or she departed from the United States with the intention of returning and has not abandoned this intention; and
    3. He or she is returning to the United States from a temporary visit abroad and, if the stay abroad was protracted, this was caused by reasons beyond his or her control and for which he or she is not responsible.

     

    In the case of Item (2), proof of intent to return to the United States is oftentimes proof of payment of U.S. income taxes and payment of taxes on U.S. property while abroad.  In the case of Item (3), records evidencing unforeseen medical treatment abroad may be presented for review.

    If the DS-117 application is denied, the alien must apply for an immigrant visa from the beginning Petition stage.

    The one-year limit on foreign residence does not apply to the spouses or children under the age of 21 of members of the Armed Forces of the United States, nor does it apply to U.S. government employees who have been assigned abroad under official orders.

  • Abandoning legal permanent resident status
     

    If you are a legal permanent resident (LPR) and have remained abroad for more than 12 months without a re-entry permit, it is possible that your LPR status has lapsed.  This one-year limit on foreign residence does not apply to the spouses or children under the age of 21 of members of the Armed Forces of the United States, nor does it apply to U.S. government employees who have been assigned abroad under official orders.

    If you have lost your status as a Legal Permanent Resident and wish to return to the U.S. as an immigrant, please see the Returning Residents section above.

    If you intend to travel to the U.S. as a non-immigrant, you may wish to file an Abandonment of Lawful Permanent Resident Status Form I-407 to clarify your status. Former LPRs will usually be asked to execute this document and surrender their I-551 (green card) before being issued a non-immigrant visa.  The I-407 can be executed on the same day as your non-immigrant visa interview before the interviewing Consular Officer.

  • Lost or Stolen Resident Card
     

    A Transportation Letter is a travel document issued to a Legal Permanent Resident of the United States who has an expired, lost, or stolen Permanent Resident card (a/k/a “Green Card” or “Form I-551”) and need to travel to the United States.

    The Transportation Letter is valid for two weeks and for one single entry to the United States.  Once the Legal Permanent Resident arrives in the United States, he or she will need to take the steps necessary to obtain a new Permanent Resident card with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service.

    In order to obtain a transportation letter to return to the United States you must make an appointment by writing an email to the Immigrant Visa Section at ImmigrantCaracas@state.gov.

    Please bring the following documents to your appointment:

    1. Completed Form I-90 Application Form (available at USCIS web site under “Immigration Forms”)
    2. A valid passport in good physical condition (minimum 6 months validity)
    3. Valid airline ticket specifying date of travel.
    4. Proof of Alien Residence “A-number”.
    5. Three recent color photographs that are 2 x 2 inches (5 x 5 cm.) in size, with no head covering, and showing a full, front-face view against a white background, without earrings or eyeglasses.
    6. If applicable, a police report documenting the circumstances of how the Permanent Resident card was stolen.
    7. Proof of presence in the U.S. within the last year, if possible.
  • Transportation Letter for Child of Legal Permanent Resident
     

    A U.S. Legal Permanent Resident (LPR) who travels to Venezuela to have her baby may take the baby to the United States with a transportation letter, provided it is within one year of the birth of the child and the mother is returning to the United States for the first time since the birth.  Appointments can be made by writing us at our email address: ImmigrantCaracas@state.gov.

     

     

    On the day of the appointment, the LPR mother must bring the baby to the Embassy along with the following:

    1. Her permanent alien card (I-551)
    2. Her passport
    3. The baby's passport
    4. The baby's certified birth certificate
    5. The hospital certificate including specific information on location of birth
    6. Copies of any hospital bills
    7. Three recent color photographs that are 2 x 2 inches (5 x 5 cm.) in size, with no head covering, and showing a full, front-face view against a white background