If you are a citizen of a foreign courty, living in the USA as a permanent resident, hold onto your Green card like it’s your eyesight: bc if God forbid you lose it, -and at that time you were either looking for a job or planned to- or get robbed, forget about jobs or traveling. You are stuck for months without rights.
My greencard was stolen and of course my passport has been expired since like 10 years ago, bc I haven’t traveled outside the country, so…yeah. Don’t lose or let your Greencard get stolen. Ever. I don’t know how can anyone predict that anything will be stolen from them but just don’t let it happen, or you gonna be stuck…like me. Now I’m aproching the 5th month to be stuck, without being able to be hired, or get a new passport or travel… ( at Macy’s I’ve been told… “no m’am you can’t work here unless you show us your greencard”) OK…I’m not sure how could I “make” one for you…lol.
I thought I could go overseas to at least give a hand to my brother who now has 2 kids under 5, instead of sitting here useless in the US for 5 months..like yeah. smart move.
Step #1.make sure your passport is valid at all times even if you don’t plan to travel anywhere further then 100miles of your house for the next 10 years.
Step #2.don’t let anyone rob you (be a phsychic)
Step #3.just make sure you have $400 in your savings account dedicated only to replace your greencard in case someone steals it from you. (that’s how much it cost to replace your stolen card).
Step #4.apply for replacement card as soon as the robber runs away with your card, because you can get fired or not hired if you don’t have your physical card to show at any moment they ask.
Step #4.I donno, just keep calling Immigration and ask them the same question I’ve been asking for months: “when will I get my greencard…” (I had it lawfully given to me back in 2009, why do I have to wait in line behind those ppl that applied for the first time. It’s a piece of plastic. It’s printed based on previous information what’s the holdup? You will keep getting the same answer: “I don’t know m’am when u gonna get your card, all I can do is update you on how far we got in issuing the same type of requests…” every time you call they will tell u a month closer to your application date. First time I called on the day they promised me to send me the card, they said oh…u gotta wait much longer we are only processing req. from October 2015..ok, next was Nov 27, now they hopped to January…I guess not many immigrants applied in December bc everyone was doing Holiday stuff and parties…but in January…the new year resolutions are what I’m afraid of …oh no…)
Adele yours truly