Form I-90 is the application to renew or replace your permanent resident Green Card. It is appropriate to use this form in the following circumstances. The number and letter by each circumstance can be used when filing Form I-90 under ‘reason for filing.’
- Your previous, valid Green Card was lost, stolen or destroyed.
- You previous Green Card was issued but never received.
- Your existing, valid Green Card has been damaged.
- Your existing, valid Green Card has incorrect information due to USCIS error.
- You need to adjust your current, valid Green Card because your name has changed or other biographic information has changed.
- Your current Green Card is set to expire in the next six months or has already expired.
- You have reached your 14th birthday and your existing card will expire after your 16th birthday.
- You have reached your 14th birthday and your existing Green Card will expire before your 16th birthday.
- You are a permanent resident taking up commuter status.
- You currently have commuter status and are taking up a physical residence in the U.S.
- You have been automatically given permanent resident status.
- You have a prior edition of the Alien Registration Card or are applying to replace your current Green Card for a reason not specified above.
Conditional permanent residents may use Form I-90 to replace a Green Card, but may not use it to extend or renew status.
How to Replace Green Card
Form I-90 is the USCIS form used to replace a permanent resident Green Card. The application is fairly straightforward, with only six parts.
- Part 1 asks for personal, biographic information such as your alien registration number, name and mailing address.
- Part 2 has you select which application type you are filing. Select the appropriate circumstance that describes your reason for filing.
- Part 3 is ‘processing information’ which asks for details about your immigration such as the location where you applied for an immigrant visa or adjustment of status.
- Part 4 is only for disabled individuals who wish to participate in USCIS benefits and programs.
- Part 5 asks for the signature of the applicant.
- Part 6 asks for the signature of the person who prepared the application if it was not the applicant.
All that is required to file Form I-90 are three things:
- The filing fee, which varies depending on your application type;
- The biometrics fee; and
- Proof of identification such as a copy of your current green card or any government issued picture ID.
FAQ’s on Green Card Renewal
When do I begin the process to renew my green card?
A green card holder, also known as a permanent resident, may begin the renewal process for their green card 6 months before the date of expiration.
Will I lose my permanent residence status if I forget to renew my card?
Many green card holders have a misconception, that if their green card expires, so does their status. The permanent status does not cancel if you forget to renew your green. However, in order to prove legal status in the U.S., a green card holder must carry a valid, unexpired green card at all times.
How do I begin the green card renewal process?
1. Fill out Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card. Many applicants are denied each year due to common typographical errors.
2. Gather supporting documents to submit with application.
3. Deliver application, supporting documents along with the form of payment.
How much does it cost to renew my green card?
The fees associated with your Green Card Renewal are as follows:
Application Assistance: $165
Application Processing: $455
Biometrics Fee: $85