Reasons to Use Form I-90
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).
Most people use Form I-90 to renew their green card, but other typical reasons to replace a green card include:
- Your card was lost, stolen or destroyed
- Your card was issued but never received
- Your card was mutilated
- Your card has incorrect data
- Your name or other biographic information has been legally changed
- You have reached your 14th birthday and are registering as required
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Conditional permanent residents may only use Form I-90 to replace a green card. Conditional permanent residents that want to renew their status or remove the conditions of their residence should not use Form I-90. There are two possibilities for conditional permanent residents with expiring green cards:
- Form I-751 – If you became a conditional permanent resident through marriage to a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and your conditional status is expiring within the next 90 days, file Form I-751 – Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence.
- Form I-829 – If you became a conditional resident based on a financial investment in a U.S. business, file Form I-829 Petition by Entrepreneur to Remove Conditions.
If your two-year conditional green card has already expired, you may be deportable. Please contact an immigration attorney that can advise you on your situation.
Where to Get Form I-90
You may download Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card, and instructions directly from USCIS.gov and prepare it on your own.
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Outside the United States
You may not file Form I-90 outside the United States. Generally, you may board a U.S.-bound airline if your green card is expired and you’ve been away from the United States for less than one year. If your card is lost or stolen, your problem becomes a little more complicated. You will need to apply for temporary documentation to board an airline and return to the U.S. You will likely need to file Form I-131A, Application for Travel Document (Carrier Documentation).
Generally, individuals who have been absent from the United States for at least one year or are otherwise living abroad, may have abandoned their permanent resident status. A returning resident visa may be available in certain special case. Speak to an immigration attorney.
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