Imagine you fought hard for years and finally became an LPR. Then, you are planning to travel back home or go on vacation with your family… And your passport or your green card gets lost. How can you travel and re-enter the US? Simple: you can file a Form I-193. Here we will explain to you how to do it.
What is Form I-193?
You generally need a visa stamped in your passport issued in your country or have an American passport to enter the US. Yet, as an LPR, you might not have a valid visa or a valid passport from your home country. This happens a lot, for example, to Venezuelans. They cannot renew their passport in the US. Yet, if they can do it in another country after surpassing many legal issues, and likely paying someone to help them receive their new passport, it will last… Two years.
Indeed, the US government is now allowing Venezuelans to enter and leave the US with expired passports for five years. However, some Venezuelans have a passport with over five years of expiry.
In these cases, Form I-193 is a way to avoid issues coming back to the US. It is an application for a waiver of passport or visa. Thus, the I-193 form allows LPRs to come to the US without a visa or passport.
Who may need a Form I-193?
As we said, you will need one if you are an American LPR and need to come back after traveling abroad. Yet, you will only need it if you do not have a valid visa or passport to present at the point of entry.
Completing Form I-193
First, you can download the form here. It is a simple two-page form where you will provide the following:
- First, middle, and last name.
- US address
- Permanent address abroad (if applicable)
- Place of birth
- Date of birth
- Date of arrival to the US
- Port where you will arrive
- How will you arrive (which airline, vessel, etc.)
- Where your visa was issued
- Where your passport was issued
- The reason why you don’t have a passport or visa
When filling the form, write clearly. Use black ink and do not go over any spaces. Do not skip any sections and if you make any mistakes, start over again. Also, sign your form.
Where can you file?
You can file the Form I-193 at the USCIS office that rules the entry port where you plan to enter the US. Use the office locator to find your appropriate office. When you file, you must pay the Form I-193 fee, which is $585. Also, consider that the fee is non-refundable, even if you withdraw your request.
Your national authorities’ irresponsibility or losing your passport should not cause you to stop traveling abroad. Filing a Form I-193 is a simple process we can help you with. Do not hesitate to fill out our contact form.