If your permanent resident card is lost, stolen, damaged, or expired, you need to submit an Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card, or a Form I-90. This form is submitted to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and should only be used by permanent residents. Conditional residents should file a petition to remove the conditions on their residency using Form I-751 or Form I-829, based on their visa type.
How to Complete Form I-90
Form I-90 is divided into eight sections. Although the application is straightforward, it is important to read it carefully and provide accurate information. Here’s what you need to include on the form:
- Part One: Information About You
- Your alien registration number
- Current mailing and physical address
- Date and place of birth
- Mother and father’s name
- Class and date of admission
- Part Two: Application Type
- Your permanent resident status
- Reason for application
- Part Three: Processing Information
- The location where you applied for the visa
- Destination in the United States at the time of admission
- Biographical information
- Part Four: Accommodations for Individuals with Disabilities and/or Impairments
- Provide information about disabilities, if applicable
- Part Five: Applicant’s Statement, Contact Information, Certification, and Signature
- Here you will attest that the information provided in the form is accurate and true, that you reviewed it and understood it. You’ll also indicate if you used an interpreter and provide your signature.
- Part Six: Interpreter’s Contact Information, Certification and Signature
- Provide your interpreter’s information, and then have them certify the statement and provide their signature.
- Part Seven: Contact Information, Declaration, and Signature of the Person Preparing This Application, if Other than Applicant
- If someone helped you prepare this application, have them fill out this section and sign it.
- Part Eight: Additional Information
- If you need extra space to complete the above sections, document the page, part, and item numbers, and add the information here.
Options for Submitting the Form I-90
Form I-90 can be completed online or by mail, depending on the circumstances of your request.
You must submit the form online under one of the following circumstances:
- Your permanent resident card has expired or will expire in the next six months.
- Your card was lost, stolen, or damaged.
- Your name or other identifying information has changed.
- Your card is old or invalid.
- You live in either Canada or Mexico and travel to the United States for work (commuter).
- You were a commuter but now live in the United States
To complete the form online, you will need to create an account on the USCIS website, fill out the form, upload supporting documents, sign the form electronically and pay the necessary fees at Pay.gov.
You must submit the form by mail under one of the following circumstances:
- You never received your permanent resident card.
- Your card contains an error made by USCIS.
- You are applying for a fee waiver.
- You received a 10-year green card before age 14, and it will not expire before you turn 16.
To submit the form by mail, you should print the application, write a check to cover any fees, include supporting documents, and mail everything to USCIS.
Required Supporting Documents
Your required supporting documents will depend on the purpose of your renewal request. Some documents that may be requested include:
- A copy of your green card or government-issued ID
- A copy of your I-797
- Proof of correct biographical information
- Evidence of employment
- Marriage license
- Birth certificate
- Evidence of temporary residence status
The filing fee for a Form I-90 is $455. Additionally, there is a biometrics fee of $85, making your total cost $540. However, you may qualify for a fee waiver if you can prove that you can afford the fees due to financial hardship or low income.
Processing Timeline for Green Card Renewal
Current USCIS processing times for a green card renewal or replacement range from 3.5 months to 15.5 months. After your application is received by USCIS, you will receive a confirmation letter by mail or the online portal. It will include a 13-character receipt number which you can use to check the status of your application online.
Get Help With Your Permanent Resident Card Renewal
Knowing how to submit and what to submit with your permanent resident card renewal application can feel overwhelming. It can take several months to receive a new green card, so timely, accurate processing is required. Failure to submit the right information can delay your request and affect your everyday life.
If you want to learn more about form I-90 or need assistance with your application, contact our attorneys at New Frontier Immigration Law.