How to Replace your Green Card?

To replace your Green Card, you may apply Form I-90 with the USCIS.

There are two types of Green Cards. One carries a validity of 10 years and the other carries a validity of 2 years. The 10 year Green Card is given to lawful permanent residents while the 2 year Green Card is given to lawful conditional permanent residents.

If you are a lawful conditional Green Card holder and your card is expiring then you need to remove conditions on your residency status to get a 10 year Green Card. You cannot apply for a replacement Green Card.

If you are a lawful permanent Green Card holder and your card is expiring then you should renew your Green Card.

If your card is not expired or expiring then continue reading to understand more about Green Card replacement.

Green Card Replacement

It is very common that a Green Card can get lost, stolen or damaged. This can be a nerve-racking experience. But, you do not need to panic cause there is a way to replace the Green Card.

Also, losing or damaging your card doesn’t mean that you have lost your resident status.

Both Conditional Green cards and Permanent Green cards can be replaced if lost, stolen or damaged by filing Form I-90 with the USCIS.

There are other scenarios apart from the ones mentioned above which require a replacement of a Green Card.

Continue reading to know more about the other reasons that might require replacement of Green Card.

Before you continue, preparing Form I-90 could be tedious and complex. This is where we come in. We have developed online software which makes it easier for immigrants like you to prepare the entire Form I-90 online and independently.

We have made the questions simple to understand and we provide other forms within the software based on your case which should be sent when applying for a replacement Green Card.

For example, if you are paying the USCIS filing fee through a Credit Card then you need to attach another form along with your Form I-90 and if requesting for a fee waiver then another form should be attached.

We take away all this confusion and when you use our service the end product is a complete filing package which includes Form I-90 and all other forms required based on your immigration status and instructions to follow after getting the filing package.

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When to apply for the Replacement of Green Card?

  • Your Green Card has been lost, stolen or damaged.
  • Before you reach the age of 14, you had received the Green Card and now you reached 14. This is applicable if your Green Card doesn’t expire when you reach the age of 16. 
  • Your Green Card has errors because of USCIS.
  • Your name has been changed due to marriage.
  • Your Green Card does not have an expiration date on it. (Older Green Cards might not have an expiration date so it needs to be replaced with a modern edition of the Green Card).
  • You have got the commuter status, that you can travel from Mexico or Canada.

How to apply for a Replacement Green Card?

To apply for a replacement Green Card you may file Form I-90 with the USCIS. Form I-90 can be filed only when you are inside the United States.

The most common reason for replacing a Green Card is that it is lost, stolen or damaged. This could happen if you are in the United States or you are traveling in a foreign country.

People applying for replacing a Green Card for other than the reasons of being lost stolen or damaged would most likely be inside the United States.

Based on the above we will explain more about the process to replace a Green Card if it is lost, stolen or damaged.

If you are in the U.S. and you want to replace your Green Card you may file Form I-90 directly. If you are looking to replace your Green Card then do check out our form preparation service.

If you are outside the United States and your Green Card has been lost, stolen, or damaged, the process of getting a replacement Green Card is a little different.

The first step you need to follow is that you should inform the local police and then contact the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate before you apply for a replacement.

To travel back to the United States, you may need to apply for a “boarding foil”. The boarding foil is a document that says transportation carriers that you are allowed to travel to the United States. For this, you may apply Form I-131A, Application for a Travel Document.

After you come back to the United States, you may apply Form I-90 for the replacement of your Green Card.

How much does it cost to apply for Green Card Replacement?

The cost to apply for Green Card replacement is $540 which includes a Form I-90 filing fee of $455 and a biometric fee of $85.

There might be exceptions to the filing fee. Please check USCIS for more information.

How long does it take to replace your Green Card?

To replace your Green Card, it generally takes about 7.5 months to 11 months.

Errors in your application can sometimes lead to denial or will increase the time to process your application. So do use our online service to prepare your Form I-90.