Green Card Replacement Lawyers

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What Is a Green Card?

Your green card is a Permanent Residence Card (also called USCIS Form I-551), showing that you have lawful permanent resident status. This gives you the right to live and work in the United States. It is also proof of your registration, according to immigration laws.

Do I Need to Replace My Green Card?

An alien must replace his or her green card if: 

How Do I Apply for a Replacement?

If you need to replace your card for any of the above reasons, you must file USCIS Form I-90. Do not replace your card, however, if you are a lawful permanent resident seeking to renew your green card only because it has expired (that requires a different form).  Once you receive Form I-90, follow these procedures: 

What Are the Legal Consequences of Not Replacing my Green Card?

Once a person receives permanent resident status, their status cannot be changed or revoked unless they commit a violation of immigration laws, or if they voluntarily surrender their status. Thus, the green card simply serves to verify the person’s LPR status. 

However, immigration laws require you to carry your green card with you at all times. Failure to replace or renew your green card when necessary can result in misdemeanor charges. Misdemeanor charges can result in fines and sometimes jail sentences. Not replacing your green card can also negatively affect your chances of obtaining citizenship through naturalization.

Being cited for not having a valid green card can also have negative consequences in other areas. For example, it may affect your eligibility to travel outside the U.S., as well as the ability to obtain employment or housing. Be sure to replace your green card promptly when necessary. A lawyer would be able to guide you through the various immigration laws that you may encounter. If you need advice, you may also wish to consult the USCIS District Office in the area in which you live. They may be able to direct you to other organizations that may help you. Also, in case of any violations, a lawyer can help represent and defend you. 

Do I Need an Experienced Immigration Law Attorney?

A lawyer would be able to guide you through the various immigration laws that you may encounter. If you need advice, you may also wish to consult the USCIS District Office in the area in which you live. They may be able to direct you to other organizations that may help you. Also, in case of any violations, a lawyer can help represent and defend you. 

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Last Modified: 02-10-2014 04:38 PM PST

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