If your permanent resident card expires when you’re outside of the United States, you may face some problems when trying to re-enter the U.S.

This is because there is no way to replace a green card when you are not in the United States!

Without any method to renew or replace your green card, you’ll want to make sure that you never find yourself in this position.

If your Green Card is lost or expires when you are outside of the U.S., you will need to contact the U.S. Department of State and USCIS at the closest foreign office to where you are, immediately.

Here I’ll cover some ways to avoid the problems that come with having a green card expire when you’re outside of the U.S.

Renew Your Green Card Before You Travel!

Travel takes planning. This is especially true when you’re traveling outside of the United States with your green card.

Check your green card’s expiration date well before your travel dates. If it is set to expire while you’re outside of the United States, it may be a good idea to file for a renewal immediately.

If it’s already expired, you should probably also file for a renewal.

Green cards expire every ten years and you can apply for a renewal as soon as six months from the green card’s expiration date.

Keep Your Green Card Safe!

While traveling with your green card, do what you can to make sure that it’s safe.

You can keep it in the hotel safe or in another location that you know it won’t be stolen from.

Also, it’s a good idea to keep a photocopy of your green card in another part of your luggage so that you’ll have proof that you do have a green card if it is lost or stolen.

Remember Your Green Card!

Don’t forget to always bring your green card with you when you go abroad. Your green card is effectively your return pass to the United States and it is essential.

If you’re planning any trip outside of the U.S., keep in mind that your green card is one of the most important parts of your travel.