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Abandon Permanent Residence

Update March 27, 2015: We are now using a new I-407 form (PDF, 866KB), version 2/26/2015. Effective immediately, old versions will no longer be accepted. For new information on minor child abandonments please see the bottom of the page.

If you wish to abandon your permanent resident status and relinquish your Permanent Resident Card (Green Card), please download and print the attached form and follow the instructions below. There is no fee for this service.


You will need to complete the Form I-407, "Abandonment of Lawful Permanent Resident Status" (PDF, 866KB).

To ensure your application is not rejected, please read carefully and follow the Form I-407 Instructions (PDF, 190KB).

You will need to complete Form I-407 in English, and be sure to provide your alien registration number (“A-number”). If you previously filed a benefit request using the USCIS Electronic Immigration System (ELIS), please provide the USCIS account number, if possible.

Filing I-407 by Mail (Recommended method)

There is no USCIS Office in Taiwan. If you wish to abandon your permanent resident status and relinquish your I-551 Permanent Resident Card ("Green card"), you are encouraged to file Form I-407 by mail directly to the Bangkok USCIS International Office:

District Director
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
American Embassy Box 12
120-122 Wireless Road
Bangkok 10330 Thailand

 In your mailed packet, you must include:

  • Completed, signed Form I-407.
  • Your form I-551 (“Green card”), if available.  If not available, the appropriate box in Part 1, item 11.b should be checked. 
  • All other issued USCIS booklets and cards, if applicable.

Please note that any submissions containing an unsigned Form I-407 or unsigned statement of abandonment will be rejected and returned unprocessed by USCIS. AIT cannot assist you with mailed applications. For any inquiries regarding mailed applications, please contact the Bangkok USCIS International Office.

Filing I-407 in Person

AIT is able to provided limited, in-person services only, for accepting I-407 forms. AIT cannot accept mailed I-407 forms.

AIT Taipei: 

I-407 services are provided on the first and third Thursday of every month from 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm (except U.S. and local holidays). Please bring your signed, completed form I-407, your green card, your passport, and supporting documents. No appointment is required.

AIT Kaohisung: Please make an appointment with the Kaohsiung Branch Office. 

What Happens Next

Once the I-407 is completed, you will revert to your previous status as a non-immigrant.  If you intend to visit the U.S., you may apply for a nonimmigrant visa or to apply for ESTA under the Visa Waiver Program.  For more information on ESTA, please refer to the Visa Waiver Program.

You should keep a copy of the completed I-407 in your passport whenever you apply for a visa or travel to the United States.

Abandoning your Permanent Resident Card and status does not affect your ability to apply to immigrate to the United States again in the future. However, you will have to begin the process anew and apply through the usual application process.

For more information on Permanent Residence in the United States, see U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services or U.S. Customs and Board Protection.

Minor Child Abandonments Require Parental Consent

If seeking to file a green card abandonment on behalf of a child who is age 17 or younger, each parent, custodian, or legal guardian must sign the form and consent to the submission of the form. The minor does not need to be present if filing in person, but an unredacted Household Registration Record in English must be provided to show sole or joint legal custody by the parent(s) or legal guardian(s).

(Posted on 2015/12/30, IV)

Processing Schedule

  • "Abandon Permanent Resident Status Schedule Change”

    Effective immediately, submissions of abandonment of legal permanent residency (LPR) will only be held on the first and third Thursday of every month from 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm (except holidays). LPR abandonments will only be held at these times. Individuals seeking to abandon their LPR status should appear in-person with their required documents at the Immigrant Visa Unit within these designated service hours. Please find the dates for LPR abandonment below:

    I-407 Renunciation Dates for 2017:

    July 06            October 05
    July 20            October 19
    August 03        November 09
    August 17        November 16
    September 07  December 07
    September 14  December 21 

    (Posted on 2017/06/21, IV)