Legal Permanent Residents

Services for U.S. Legal Permanent Residents

The following are the services the Immigrant Visa Unit provides to U.S. legal permanent residents.  For more information, simply click on the links below.  Keep in mind that an appointment is required for any of these services.  To schedule an appointment, please click on the Contact Us.

If you no longer wish to be a U.S. lawful permanent resident, send an Form I-407 or a written statement requesting abandonment of your lawful permanent resident status to the USCIS Field Office having jurisdiction over your place of residence.  This may be sent by regular mail or e-mail or you may come to our information window for further instructions.  You may also visit the USCIS Field Office in person to hand in your Form I-407. Copies of blank Forms I-407 can be obtained at this page:  https://www.uscis.gov/i-407

The USCIS Ciudad Juarez Field is open Monday to Friday from 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. except Mexican and U.S. holidays. The Ciudad Juarez Office sees people by appointment but also accepts walks-ins if there is an emergency.  Please see this page for more information:   https://www.uscis.gov/about-us/find-uscis-office/international-offices/mexico-uscis-ciudad-juarez-field-office.

The USCIS Mexico City Field Office sees people through appointments only.  Please see this page for more information: https://www.uscis.gov/about-us/find-uscis-office/international-offices/mexico-uscis-mexico-city-field-office.

The USCIS Monterrey Field Office also sees customers through appointments only.  Please see this page for more information:  https://www.uscis.gov/about-us/find-uscis-office/international-offices/mexico-uscis-monterrey-field-office

To make an appointment for the USCIS Mexico City or Monterrey Field Office, please use this page:  https://my.uscis.gov/appointment

If you have been outside of the United States for less than one year and you have lost your legal permanent resident card/your legal permanent resident card was stolen/your card expired during your time outside the United States, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services may be able to issue you a transportation letter to allow you to return to the United States by plane.  If you have been outside of the United States for more than one year, please see our information on returning resident status below.

For information on how to apply for a Transportation Letter [Form I-131A, Application for Travel Document (Carrier Documentation)] please, visit the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Mexico City Field Office at: https://www.uscis.gov/about-us/find-uscis-office/international-offices/mexico-uscis-mexico-city-field-office

If you are a U.S. legal permanent resident who has been out of the United States for more than a year, it is possible that you may qualify for returning resident status.  Returning resident status is for an alien who meets the following requirements:

  • was a lawfully admitted permanent resident of the United States at the time of departure;
  • at the time of departure, had the intention of returning to the United States;
  • while residing abroad, did not abandon the intention of returning to the United States; and
  • is returning from a temporary residence abroad; or if the stay was protracted, this was caused by reasons beyond his or her control.

To apply for returning resident status, you must make an appointment with the Immigrant Visa Unit to file a Form DS-117 (Application to Determine Returning Resident Status (PDF,356K)) and explain your situation to a consular officer.  The fee to file a DS-117 is US$180.  Note that the fee is non-refundable, even if the DS-117 is denied.  To schedule an appointment, please click on the Contact Us.

Please see the State Department site for more information concerning returning resident policy.

If you have a child who was born outside the United States, and who will travel with you to the United States for the first time, you may need to file Form I-131A if:

  • You are an LPR or have an immigrant visa,
  • Your child is under two years old, and
  • Your child will travel with you to the United States for the first time.

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) office recommends checking with your airline or transportation carrier first to ensure that it will board your child in these circumstances without carrier documentation.  If the airline or transportation carrier refuses to board your child without carrier documentation, the USCIS office at the Consulate General of the United States in Ciudad Juarez can issue you a boarding letter.  In this situation, you do not need to file Form I-131A or pay a fee for this service.

For more information please visit:  https://www.uscis.gov/about-us/find-uscis-office/international-offices/mexico-uscis-ciudad-juarez-field-office