Information for holders of a Green Card without expiration date

US-amerikanische Permanent Resident Card
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If you obtained US citizenship through naturalization, you have to submit your US naturalization certificate to the German mission, in addition to the “Beibehaltungsgenehmigung” (permission to retain German citizenship). The German mission has to verify that your US naturalization was done after the “Beibehaltungsgenehmigung” was issued, and within the 2 year validity period of the “Beibehaltungsgenehmigung”.

Should you not be able to provide a valid visa or valid Green Card (10 year validity), the following documentation to prove your current residence status is accepted:

  • German passport with your last entry stamp (no older than 3 months) 
  • I-551/Green Card stamp in the German passport that confirms the validity of the Green Card (to be requested from the USCIS Office; the German passport must still be valid)
  • letter from US immigration office (USCIS.gov) stating that you still have permanent resident status and did not acquire US citizenship
  • order confirmation of a new Green Card: According to US authorities, all Green Card holders were invited to exchange their Green Cards. The application for a new Green Card can be done online at USCIS.gov.. After payment for a new Green Card (approx. USD 450.00), an order confirmation will be issued that can be presented when applying for the German passport.
  • reply letter from USCIS in response to the “Freedom of Information Act Request” (G639/ Notice of Action): It is important that your request is specific. Processing time is approximately 3 months. At the end, you will receive a CD on which all the information from the first day of your entry into the US until current time is saved.

Please Note: Although the information on this website has been prepared with utmost care, we can not accept any responsibility for inaccuracies contained herein.

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