Transportation Boarding Foils

TRANSPORTATION LETTER – BOARDING FOIL

To board a flight bound for the United States, every U.S. Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) must present evidence that they are entitled to such status.  This proof may be a valid “green card,” appropriately stamped immigrant visa, or other documentation from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

If your “green card” has been lost, stolen, or destroyed, or you are otherwise unable to demonstrate current LPR status, you can apply for a Boarding Foil, valid for one entry to the United States within 30 days of issuance.  After returning to the United States, you should not leave the United States again until you have applied for and received your new card.  You can apply for your replacement card electronically through the USCIS website: http://www.uscis.gov/i-90.

If your “green card” is expired, refer to the special instructions at https://www.uscis.gov/i-131a to determine if you need to apply for a Boarding Foil.

Please note that individuals who have remained outside of the United States for more than one year without authorization will not be issued a Boarding Foil.

In order to apply for Boarding Foil at our Consular Section, email ReprintIV@state.gov for instructions.

You will need to bring the documents, forms, and photos listed below.

The Embassy is closed on U.S. and Liberian holidays.

Forms and documents required for the application:

o  A completed and signed  I-131A Form available at https://www.uscis.gov/i-131a. Obtain, if not known already, your A number. For further information about how to obtain it, please direct your inquiries to the nearest USCIS field office location.
o Printed receipt from the USCIS online payment system.
o  Valid passport;
o  One photo (instructions below);
o  Police Report documenting when the Green Card was stolen (if applicable);
o  Proof of legal permanent residence (for example: copies of passport pages with US entry or ADIT stamps, DHS approval forms, Green Card, etc.);
o  Proof of your last departure from the United States. This could be a boarding pass, flight itinerary, admission stamp on your passport from Liberia International Airport.

If you plan to file a Form I-131A to apply for a LPR boarding foil, please note that you must pay the filing fee online on the USCIS website  before appearing in person at a consular section. You must bring evidence of payment, in the form of a printed email receipt notice or confirmation page, when you appear in person to file Form I-131A.  As with all immigration fees, USCIS does not issue refunds, regardless of the decision on the application.

BOARDING FOIL PHOTO REQUIREMENTS

To apply for a boarding foil, please bring one (1) recent photograph, 2×2 inches (5 X 5 centimeters).

 Photo should be taken in everyday attire showing applicant without glasses or a hat or other head covering.  Photograph must be in color and they must show a front view of the face on a plain light white/off-white background.