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Individuals who lawfully enter the U.S. from other countries require documentation to verify that they’re allowed to stay and are authorized to work. One primary document is the permanent residence card, or green card. Immigration visas and green cards are essential for anybody who hopes to continue to reside lawfully in the U.S. If your green card expires, gets lost, or is damaged, you will need to fill out a Form I-90 to have it renewed or replaced.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card, is the form that a permanent resident must use to renew or replace a green card. If your green card is expired, soon-to-expire, has been lost, stolen, damaged, or destroyed, you will need to file Form I-90 with USCIS. You can send in this application online or by mail.
You can file Form I-90 online if you meet one of the following requirements:
To file online, you simply need to create an online account with USCIS and follow the necessary steps. You will complete your Form I-90, upload any supporting documents, review, sign, and pay. After you’ve done this you can submit the form online on the USCIS website.
You are required to file by mail if you fit into one of the following categories:
To send in Form I-90 by mail, you’ll have to download the form from the USCIS website. Gather supporting documents and write a check or money order to send in with your completed I-90 form.
If you’re using the U.S. Postal Service, you must send the form to the following address:
P.O. Box 21262
Phoenix, AZ 85036
If you’re using FedEx, UPS, or DHL, you must send the form to the following address:
1820 E. Skyharbor, Circle S, Floor 1
Phoenix, AZ 85034
Form I-90 is not required for every permanent resident entering the U.S. Form I-90 is used by individuals who are trying to renew or replace their green card. This includes permanent residents whose regular 10-year green cards have expired or are going to expire in the next six months. This form is also used by permanent residents whose green cards are stolen, lost, damaged, or completely destroyed.
Individuals with a conditional green card must follow a different process to renew their residency. A conditional green card expires two years after it’s issued, and must be replaced with a permanent 10-year green card before it’s eligible for renewal with a Form I-90 application.
The process of moving from a conditional green card to a permanent green card is called “removing the conditions.” To “remove the conditions,” you must file Form I-751 or Form I-829, one for conditional marriage-based green cards and the other for conditional U.S. investment green cards, respectively.
Anybody with a temporary green card that is not trying to renew or remove conditions on their residency will not need to fill out a USCIS Form I-90. People applying for a green card for the first time, called an adjustment of status, also do not have to file an I-90 form.
If the questions on the form do not apply to you, you should write “N/A” in the blank space. If your answer is the value of zero, you should write “none” in the space provided. The form should be filled out in black ink if done on paper. There are seven different parts included on an I-90 application that must be filled out before it can be turned into USCIS.
This is a straightforward section that asks for all your personal information to establish your identity for the application. This part also requires some of the following information:
This section shows the reason you’re filling out your Form I-90. Depending on what you fill out, you will be instructed to a different section on the application moving forward.
This is where you provide information about your immigration background—where you got your green card, where you entered the U.S., whether or not you’ve ever been in immigration court, etc.
This confirms that the listed applicant knows everything that’s on the sheet and understands it to be true. This form must be signed before it’s submitted or it will not be processed.
This provides proof of an interpreter being used if their presence was necessary and includes contact and identification information in case USCIS needs to reach out and clarify something.
If the applicant needs help filling out this form, the person who helped them must put their information into this section. This allows USCIS to contact them if there are any discrepancies.
This part offers extra space to answer any of the questions in previous sections. If you need more room even after this portion, you can attach additional papers to the back as long as they have your alien registration number and name on them.
The supporting documents you need to fill out an I-90 form will depend on the reason you need a new green card. For example, if your green card was lost or stolen, you will need your government-issued ID to receive a new one. If you never received your issued green card, you will need an ID and an I-797 form or a passport with an I-551 temporary stamp. In any case, you will be required to present your old green card if you have access to it.
After you file a Form I-90 with all of the necessary supporting documents, you will receive updated mail and online updates about the status of your application. These updates will include the following:
Although delays are possible, you should receive your green card within the expected timeframe if USCIS has all of the necessary documents.
The Form I-90 processing time varies based on several factors. Depending on the applicant’s situation and location, green card renewals can take between 1.5 months and a year. A green card replacement will usually take between 1.5 and 13.5 months. This process is also dependent on the current workload of USCIS.
Currently, the fee for filing Form I-90 is $455. You will likely also need to pay a biometrics fee of $85, bringing the total cost to $540.
You will not have to pay anything if you meet one of the following requirements:
You will only have to pay the $85 biometric fee and not the filing fee if you turned 14 within the last 30 days and your green card is set to expire sometime after you turn 16.
USCIS language and regulations can be difficult to navigate, especially if it’s your first time. There are a variety of requirements that must be met in a particular way. One way to speed up the Form I-90 application process is by hiring an experienced immigration lawyer.
The Chicago immigration lawyers at Scott D. Pollock & Associates, P.C. have the knowledge and experience to guide you through the green card renewal or replacement process. Contact us today to get started on your Form I-90 application.