Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Green Card Advice

1. Don't loose your newly-adopted child's green card. It will cause you stress.

2. If you loose it, be prepared to pay $370 to replace it. Search your entire house several times over to make sure it is actually gone. Balk at the fee (which includes $80 for biometrics... um, for your toddler...) and decide that maybe you don't actually have to replace it.

3. File for a social security number for your child as soon as you get their green card. If you need a SSN to file taxes, but have lost your child's green card, file for a temporary taxpayer ID number using the visa on their passport with the I-551 stamp.

4. Find out if you need the green card to file for readoption. You probably don't. File for readoption so that your child can become a citizen and you won't have to worry about her green card. This can probably be done without a lawyer.

5. Feel better once you realize you will, in fact, be able to file your taxes and take advantage of your adoption tax credit.

7 comments:

LoveNotes4CocoPrincess said...

Thank you for that information because I am known for putting paperwork down and forgetting where I put them.

P.S. I'm praying Holy Spirit will lead you to where you "misplaced" the card (you need that money for wedding favors)!

Ellen said...

Thank you for putting the steps in writing as I found it to be quite educational about the process (I was pretty clueless).

I hope you find it!!

Ellen

Aimee said...

I had to submit the green card to apply for the COC even after the readoption. Don't know if there is a way around it. Good luck.

habeshachild said...

excellent advice!!

Chris and Shasta said...

Oh Grace - I tore the house up one day looking for the precious green card. When Chris came home I was all over him about where he had put it. Hours and hours later I found it: it was under the "in-box" on my desk. Nice. It's not called an under-box. I'll remember that next time.

paige said...

Ours never arrived when we came home, and like idiots, we didn't call (because we had no idea we were supposed to receive the green card right away). We suffered the same financial indignity (complete with biometrics) and didn't manage to file last year's taxes until October. Fun times!!!

Angela said...

Oh My...

Something else to consider. Thanks.

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