Change to Procedures for Obtaining a Boarding Foil – Lost or Stolen Green Card

October 19, 2016

Effective October 1st, 2016, USCIS began using Form I-131A, Application for Travel Document. In addition to the new form, a fee of $360.00 is also required.

The new form allows lawful permanent residents (LPRs) apply for a travel document (boarding foil) if they:

  • Are returning from temporary overseas travel of less than one year, and their Green Card has been lost, stolen or destroyed , or
  • Are returning from temporary overseas travel of less than two years, and their Reentry Permit has been lost, stolen or destroyed.

LPRs with expired Green Cards may not need to file Form I-131A if they are returning from temporary overseas travel of less than one year. We encourage LPRs who may need a boarding foil to check with their airline before determining whether or not to file Form I-131A.

To file Form I-131A, LPRs must pay the required fee online and then make an appointment to apply in person at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate. To apply for a boarding foil at the Embassy or one of the Consulates in Japan, please review here. For more information about Form I-131A, please check the USCIS Website.