Permanent residents use Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card, to apply for a replacement or renewal of an existing Permanent Resident Card (green card).
It currently takes about six months to renew or replace a green card. In some cases, it may take longer. See how to check processing times and when to apply for your green card renewal.
There are two different types of fees to consider when looking at the costs of green card renewal (or replacement): preparation and government filing fees.
Class of Admission describes the visa category that was used to admit an immigrant to the U.S. as a permanent resident or conditional permanent resident. It can be found on the front of most green cards.
Date of Admission is the date that USCIS granted you permanent resident or conditional permanent resident status. You can find it on the front of most green cards.
If your name has legally changed since the issuance of your Permanent Resident Card (green card), you can update your green card.
CitizenPath has created a sample I-90 cover letter for several situations. There for four cover letter samples to choose from.
Part 3, Question 1 on Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card, asks about the "location where you applied for an immigrant visa or adjustment of status." In other words, they want to know where you applied for your green card.
Part 3, Question 2 on Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card, asks about the “location where your immigrant visa was issued or USCIS office where you were granted adjustment of status.”
Also known as an A-Number, your Alien Registration Number is an 8 or 9 digit number that can be found on a variety of documents from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) or the former INS.
Although you can work with an expired green card, it’s extremely difficult to start a new job with an expired green card. As a permanent resident, you may lawfully work in the United States. The problem is that when your green card expires, you can no longer prove your immigration status.
Many people still have a green card with no expiration date. Generally, you may use these cards, but cards with no expiry date do carry some risks.
Under certain circumstances time abroad could jeopardize your permanent resident status even if your time away has been less than a year. A returning resident visa may be available to some permanent residents with extraordinary situations.
Green cards do expire, and they must be renewed. The modern edition of the green card expires after 10 years. File the green card renewal application if a card is expired or will expire within six months.