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How to Replace or Renew a Green Card

How to Replace or Renew a Green Card

A green card, officially known as a permanent resident card, is proof that its holder is a lawful permanent resident that has been granted immigration benefits, which include permission to live and accept employment in the United States. By losing your green card or letting it expire, you do not surrender these rights. You continue to be a permanent resident. However, traveling abroad or even getting a job can be extremely difficult (if not impossible) without a valid green card. Apply for U.S. citizenship and never have to renew a green card again. Check your eligibility for U.S. citizenship here.

Reasons to Replace or Renew a Green Card

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First, determine your need. If you have a green card that is expiring within six months or has already expired, you should file immediately. Likewise, if you need to replace your card, file as soon as possible. It will take approximately 90 days to receive a new green card. Some legitimate reasons that you might need to request a new 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
  • Your card is expiring within 6 months or has already expired

Tip: If you are a conditional permanent resident based on a marriage to a U.S. citizen, do not use I-90 to renew your green card. You must file Form I-751, Petition to Remove the Conditions of Residence.

Prepare Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card

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Use Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card, to replace or renew a green card. There are two ways that you can prepare Form I-90.

  • Download the I-90 form from the USCIS website. You will also need to download the 10-page instructions from the same page.
  • Prepare the form online at CitizenPath.com. Our simple, step-by-step instructions will guide you through the form and provide you with helpful information to assist you. If you answer in a way that may be problematic, CitizenPath will alert you. Upon completing the form, CitizenPath will provide you a copy to print and simple filing instructions customized for your situation. Try it for free. If you need further assistance, CitizenPath’s customer support is available.

Tip: It only takes about 15 minutes to renew a green card on CitizenPath.com. If you don’t finish, you can can save your progress and resume later.

Gather Documents and Mail with Form I-90

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You will also need to gather specific documents and your payment to submit with Form I-90. If you downloaded the form from USCIS, be sure to download the instructions as well. The instructions will detail the documents that should accompany your green card replacement. If you use CitizenPath, the filing instructions will provide a simple check list of documents for you to include. Regardless of which method you use, you will need to send in a $450 payment for green card renewal. In some cases, the fee for green card replacement is waived. See the pricing tab on the CitizenPath I-90 page for details.

Tip: Mail your I-90 application via certified mail and save your receipt.

Save Your Records

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Wait for a notification of receipt from the USCIS. File this in your records as proof you began the process. USCIS will mail you Form I-797C, Notice of Action. Save this important document. It is the notice you should use as evidence that you filed this application.

Tip: If you file G-1145 at the same time as Form I-90, USCIS will give you status updates via email or text. When you prepare your I-90 through CitizenPath, we will provide a free G-1145.

Attend Your Biometrics Appointment

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Bring your appointment letter with you in addition to some form of photo identification. The biometrics appointment consists of fingerprinting and taking your photo for your green card.

Tip: Tell USCIS if you intend to travel abroad. They can stamp your passport to indicate that you have filed to replace or renew green card. It will enable you to re-enter the U.S. after traveling abroad.

Receive Your New Green Card

Once approved, your new card should arrive in the mail. If you anticipate problems replacing or renewing your green card due to an arrest or immigration violation, please contact an experienced immigration attorney before filing.

If you have additional questions about how to replace or renew a green card, check our I-90 frequently asked questions.