How to Replace a Green Card

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When Do I Need to Replace a Green Card?

A green card, or permanent visa, is a very important immigration document. It provides proof that the holder is a lawful permanent resident, and can legally work and live in the U.S. permanently. 

At times, green card replacement may be necessary, such as when:

How Do I Replace a Green Card?

The main form to fill out to replace a green card is Form I-90, “Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card.” This form can be obtained for free through the website operated by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

Once obtained and completed, the form can then be submitted in paper form through the mail or electronically online. 

You may need to submit other data in relation to the replacement. For example, if you need a replacement green card because your biographical data has changed, you must also submit documentation to prove that your new data is accurate and truthful.

How Much Does Green Card Replacement Cost?

Again, there is no cost to obtain Form I-90; it can simply be downloaded online for free. However, there is a filing fee of $365 that must be paid when you file the form. If you don’t pay the fee, your form will not be accepted by immigration authorities.

In general it may take anywhere from 2-6 months for the replacement process to be fully completed. This time period may vary with each individual case, so it’s best to plan ahead if you’ll be needing a replacement green card.

What if I Never Received my Green Card or it is Missing in the Mail?

You are required to complete and submit Form I-90 if any of the following apply:

When Should I NOT Submit Form I-90?

You should NOT submit Form I-90 if you are currently under Conditional Resident Status and seeking to remove the conditions. 

Instead, you should submit Form I-751 in order to remove conditions on a Green Card issued through marriage, or, Form I-829 for removing conditions based on financial investment in U.S. businesses. 

If you are still unsure of which form you need to fill out, or for more guidance on how to replace a green card, you may wish to consult with an immigration lawyer.

Do I Need a Lawyer in Order to Replace a Green Card?

It is very important that you keep your green card current. You should periodically check to see that all information is reflected accurately on the green card itself. If you need help replacing your green card, an immigration lawyer can be of great help to you. Your lawyer will be able to review your personal information history for green card replacements. 

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Last Modified: 02-10-2014 04:36 PM PST

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