Lost Green Card Replacement Process
Steps for replacing a lost green card and getting temporary proof of status
Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card
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How to Obtain Temporary Proof of Permanent Residence
Prepare and File Form I-90
Get Your Receipt Number
When filing Form I-90, also submit Form G-1145. You'll receive a text or email notification within 24 hours of USCIS accepting your application. This notification contains your receipt number that you'll need for the next step. Note that "acceptance" happens after USCIS receives and reviews your application for completeness. So it may take several days to a couple of weeks when busy.
If you don't receive an electronic notification, USCIS will also mail you Form I-797, Notice of Action, approximately two weeks later. This “receipt letter” contains your receipt number.
Schedule a USCIS Appointment
Call USCIS at 1-800-375-5283 to make an appointment at the USCIS office near you. Stress the urgency of your situation. If you an urgent need to travel abroad, use your tickets as evidence. Get creative. If you have a sick relative, try to get a doctor's note or other evidence demonstrating the situation and urgent need to travel. Likewise, get a job offer letter if you need proof for employment. In the case of a home loan, take your mortgage company's requirements and evidence of the real estate purchase offer. You may need your paper receipt letter. Therefore, take it to the appointment if possible.
Some offices are very busy and appointments may not be convenient. Be flexible.
Attend USCIS Appointment for I-551 Stamp
Appear at your local USCIS office for the scheduled appointment. Be sure to take the following items to the appointment:
- Valid, unexpired passport
- Copy of most recent green card (if available)
- InfoPass appointment notice (if available)
- Form I-797 Notice of Action (I-90 receipt letter)
- Evidence of urgent need (e.g. airline tickets/receipt, doctor’s letter, job offer, mortgage documents, etc.)