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Green Card Holders

    Permanent resident (green card) students traveling abroad for University study can find it difficult to navigate the ins-and-outs of the Visa/Passport process. This page briefly describes the process for students traveling on programs of one year or shorter. If there is anything that is not clear, the student should contact their local US passport agency and the consulate of the host nation for further clarification.

    University of Minnesota students on non-immigrant visas—such as the F-1 or J-1 visa—should consult with International Student and Scholars Services (ISSS) before pursuing a study abroad program at 612.626.7100.

    Be sure that you have the proper documentation to both enter your specific country of travel and return to the US.

    Note: Prices and other information presented here were based on requirements available at the time of publication. All information is subject to change at any time. Always review the most current official documents and websites, and rely on those specific details over anything presented here.

    USA Re-Entry

    For students who hold a green card AND passport from their home country of citizenship (non-US):

    • Need to present both the green card and passport for re-entry to the US
    • Duration of trip must be less than one year. Absences from US are counted cumulatively and may affect your permanent residence eligibility.
    • The fee for the I-131 “application for travel Document” is $360.00. There is also an $85.00 fee if biometrics (finger-printing) is required. For financial aid, call One Stop at 612.624.1111 to find out how to include this in your cost of attendance.
    • If you do not have a passport from your home country but have the ability to obtain one, you must do so. If you are unable to obtain a passport from your home country (due to political instability, refugee status, etc.), see below.

    For students who hold a green card but DO NOT HAVE passport from their home country of citizenship:

    • Need to obtain the I-131 “Application for Travel Document” also known as a reentry permit (more information below)
    • Need to present green card and re-entry permit for re-entry to the US
    • Duration of trip must be less than two years
    • May be subject to “secondary inspection” upon return where student will be taken into a separate room and asked questions

    The I-131 “Application for Travel Document”

    • The fee for the I-131 “application for travel Document” is $360.00. There is also an $85.00 fee if biometrics (finger-printing) is required. For financial aid, call One Stop at 612.624.1111 to find out how to include this in your cost of attendance.
    • Students should rush the service on their I-131, as the estimated wait can range from 4-6 months. To do so, include a note in the application asking to expedite the process due to a learning abroad program (also include the date of departure). Once the application has been submitted, call the National Customer Service Center at 1.800.375.5283 and request to expedite the process via phone as well.
    • Student Legal Service in the West Bank Skyway can assist students with filling out the travel document. Appointments can be made by calling 612.624.1001. You can also get USCIS forms and information on immigration laws, regulations, and procedures by telephoning the National Customer Service Center at 1.800.375.5283 or visiting the USCIS website.

    Entry to the Host Country

    Entry to a host country for US Permanent Residents is different for each country. Students must call the Consulate General of the host country in which you are studying abroad for more information. See the full list of Foreign Consular Offices in the US. More information and forms can also be found.