Immigrants with Legal Permanent Resident (LPR) status who need to renew or replace a green card file Form I-90, Application to Replace a Permanent Resident Card with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to begin the process. Timely and accurate filing of the green card renewal form ensures continued permission to work in the United States.
USCIS Form I-90 acts as the application for the most current version of the green card. Permanent residents with a green card, also known as a Form I-551, are required by the USCIS to renew their green cards within 6 months of the document’s expiration every 10 years. Those holding a previous version of a green card–Alien Registration Card, USCIS Form AR-3, Form AR-103 or Form I-151–should replace it with a current green card to continue being able to prove their status.
Purpose of Form I-90
Lawful permanent residents and permanent residents in a commuter status file the Form I-90 to apply for replacement or renewal of existing Permanent Resident Cards.
Conditional permanent residents who obtained their status through marriage or entrepreneurship and who need to replace a lost or stolen Permanent Resident Card also use Form I-90 in requesting a replacement green card only, this is not a renewal. Conditional permanent residents– those categorized as CR1, CR2, CF1, CF2, for example– file either Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence or Form I-829, Petition by Entrepreneur to Remove Conditions when conditional permanent residence expires within 90 days.
General Form I-90 Filing Instructions
Among the most important elements of filing Form I-90 is providing thorough and accurate information. In cases where applicants require additional space, Part 8, Additional Information of the green card renewal form allows for the completion of information. USCIS also allows applicants to provide additional information by adding on a separate sheet of paper. When attaching a separate sheet, applicants should include their typed or printed name and Alien Registration Number (A-Number) (if any) at the top of each sheet and also indicate the Page Number, Part Number, and Item Number to which answer they are referring to. All sheets should also be signed and dated by the applicant.
In cases where questions do not apply, the USCIS asks those questions be filled in with “N/A,” unless otherwise directed in the instructions. In cases where zero or none is the appropriate numeric response, USCIS asks “none” be typed in as the answer, unless otherwise directed.
Applicants should be sure to provide a response to all questions and sign the document with their full legal name.
USCIS rejects applications with missing information. This can include an applicants’ family name, mailing address date of birth, or other missing or incomplete information.
Filing Form I-90 by Mail or Online
Form I-90 applicants can file their green card renewal form online directly with the USCIS by clicking on the File the Form I-90 Online Page. However, applicants requesting a fee waiver cannot file online.
Applicants filing Form I-90 through the U.S. Postal Service, send the completed form to:
P.O. Box 21262
Phoenix, AZ 85036
Applicants using FedEx, UPS or DHL for delivery send a completed application to:
1820 E. Skyharbor, Circle S, Floor 1
Phoenix, AZ 85034
The USCIS automatically creates an online account on their site for applicants who don’t already have an online account, which allows users to:
- Pay the filing fee online;
- Check application, petition or request status
- Receive notifications and case updates
- Manage contact information.
Whether filed by mail or online, USCIS processes all applications electronically.
Form I-90 Filing Fee and Biometrics Appointment
As of publication, the USCIS assesses a $455 filing fee on Form I-90 applications. The agency also requires applicant biometrics– fingerprinting– which carries a service fee of $85.