Returning Resident Visa

U.S. Legal Permanent Residents/Green Card Holders

A returning U.S. LPR must request a boarding foil interview if he/she has been outside of the United States for less than one year and the permanent resident card has expired or been lost.  A returning U.S. LPR must request a returning resident interview if he/she has been outside the United States for more than one year.

If you are a U.S. Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) without proper travel entry documentation for the United States, please, contact the embassy by email at: yaoundeacs@state.gov .

The Embassy will issue a “Boarding Foil” valid for one entry to the United States within 30 days of issuance. You should not leave the United States again until you have applied for and received your new LPR card. To apply for a boarding foil in Cameroon, bring the following to the Embassy in Yaounde on the day of your interview:

  • A valid passport
  • A completed I-131A – Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card (https://www.uscis.gov/i-131).
  • Alien registration number / green card number, consisting of A-O+ eight digits
  • One recent 2”x 2” passport photograph.
  • Police report of stolen or lost Permanent Resident card (if applicable)
  • Evidence of last departure from the United States (for example, airline e-ticket or boarding pass)

To apply for a returning resident visa, bring the following to the Embassy in Yaounde on the day of interview:

  • A valid passport
  • A completed DS-117
  • A $180 or CFA equivalent interview fee
  • Justification for extended stay outside of the United States
  • Evidence of U.S. residence

If approved, further instructions will be provided regarding the application for an SB-1 visa. More information regarding the returning residents process can be found at travel.state.gov.