LM and her husband, while helping a green card holder deal with his situation, came across the following on the Montréal Consulate’s website, which contains this excerpt:
“If you wish to file for the Abandonment of Lawful Permanent Resident Status you may visit the U.S. Consulate General in Montreal without an appointment on any Wednesday between 2PM and 3PM.
Please bring the following documents:
• Proof of identity;
• Your green card and a copy;
• A reentry permit (even expired), if applicable, and a copy;
• A completed I-407 (601KB PDF) form and a copy.”
Re the other consulates in Canada, only Toronto mentions green card abandonment. Toronto’s instructions offer the options of appearing at the consulate or mailing it in. I note that Toronto says, “We will return a copy of your completed I-407 to you as your receipt.”
I checked a few consulate websites worldwide – the first three that came up were:
London: appear at embassy or mail to embassy
Athens: appear at embassy
Canberra: mail to embassy
So, it varies from place to place (what else is new?), but if you live relatively near a consulate or embassy, it may be worth checking with them to see if you can bring in your I-407 in person and get a receipt on the spot.
Also at LM‘s suggestion, I’ve created a link-list to all Brock posts regarding green cards, which is in the sidebar under “List of Links by Subject.”
and does the new form also come with a new 2350. ransom fee now too? No doubt this is part of the US exit fleecing schemes.
Why should those giving up permanent residency have to give the US a reason? They’re not citizen-hostages. I hope they all just say they are going back home. What makes the US think that people will say something prejudicial – except by accident – out of ignorance?
So here comes a new I-407 form but I’m already a U.S. form fugitive, classified as being “covered” and therefore deemed to be a criminal. I guess the clock will start ticking even faster towards my grim end. Harper will eventually open the border to IRS swat teams and then he’ll step back and watch with great awe and absolute approval as I and possibly other kryptonite card afflicted seniors become the wards of the U.S. gulag system.
If it wasn’t for this site… I wouldn’t even know there was a form to terminate the deadly card… But then… I thought I was a legal guest also… turns out that I am a tax slave with no representation anywhere… Other countries… u don’t renew your residence card… they wave bye-bye & wish u a happy life… The american way is to turn your butt upside down & shake out every penny & lint from your pockets then proceed to tell u…. we own u for yrs more for being legal guests….
Tax slave … American bald eagle prey … compliance condor road kill … NO, definitely not even close to being a long-ago guest. We walked innocently into an extortion trap. 🙁
More in the series:
Tax tracking former US LPR’s. I didn’t know that 16 times as many people formally abandon their green cards than renounce US citizenship:
That’s an amazing statistic. Who of us would have guessed that difference, bubblebustin?
The last two paragraphs regarding the 8854 made me think about this and wonder what about those who left the US but didn’t formally end their permanent resident status with a Form I-407 that could be cross-checked? Again, no prior proper education on the whole process — just another *gotcha*.
Never mind, I see that my question (and many others) is answered in one of the other posts on the tax-expatriation.com site.
I guess they don’t expect anyone would ever want to leave, Calgary411 :-/
If you think about it for a moment it’s actually astonishing that a green card holder can expatriate at all from the US. The very definition of expatriate is “to withdraw (oneself) from residence in or allegiance to one’s native country.” The US is not the ‘native country’ of any green card holder.
More twisting of words, then. It is no wonder that reasonable, smart and intelligent people overlook the traps of holding a green card..