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I have an interview to become a citizen; however, I have lost my greencard. Will this be a problem?

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I need to know if I will be granted citizenship if I don't have my alien card with me.

Thank you both for answering my question. Luckily, my wallet was found and hand delivered to my home by a very generous and honest cab driver. I was fortunate that none of the contents in my wallet were stolen, including my alien card.

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Yes. Immigration will not give you your certificate of naturalization until you give them your old green card. You can file an I-90 for a duplicate and when you get it, give it to them. The other alternative is to file a police report and/or convince them that you have really lost it. However, it has been my experience that they will not give youyour naturalization certificate until you give them your old green card.

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With all due respect to Mr. Mayer Kantor, I respectfully disagree. I notice that the poster is from Chicago. I am an immigration attorney in Chicago and our local office does not deny naturalization applications for this reason. I have had clients in this situation in the past, and I made an INFOPASS appointment for them to meet with an information officer before their naturalization interview. We brought their N-400 receipt and unexpired passport and asked that an I-551 stamp be placed in their passport to use as evidence of their permanent resident status until their naturalization case was approved.


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