A green card, officially known as a permanent resident card. The person who owns this visa type is a lawful permanent resident who has been granted immigration benefits, which include permission to live and accept employment in the United States.
In case if you lost your green card, it doesn’t mean you lost the status of permanent resident of the United States of America. You continue to be a permanent resident. However, traveling abroad or even getting a job can be very difficult and almost impossible (if the job is officially set up) without a valid green card.
Video — Steps to replace lost Green Card
It is highly recommended to save your green card in a safe place. Don’t ever photograph it or show in the Internet. There are lots of cases when your personal data uses by criminals who make fake green cards to cross the borders.
As soon as you found out you lost your green card document you need to begin the process of getting the new green card by renewing it. There is the only possible way for it. It is a file the form of I-90 by getting it online or in a paper way.
Usually, it takes up to 90 days to replace your green card, so sign up an application as soon as you can. The whole process from the filing the application till the getting your new card printed takes almost 3 months.
How to get the new green card instead of lost one
You must submit an application Form I-90 to ask your new green card on USCIS. The similar form also uses for the replacing mistakes made on green cards and also, the same form is for the replace a lost green card too. You need to be ready to fill up the form with the next required information:
- Your full name, including name or surname changes in case of divorce or other life situations;
- Your current address in the U.S.;
- Date, place and country of birth;
- Alien registration number;
- Social Security Number (SSN);
- Class of admission (type of green card you had);
- Date of admission (look at your green card for the date typed);
- The reason for your application;
- Names of your parents;
- City of residence in which you applied for an immigration visa or adjustment of status;
- Consulate where your immigrant visa was issued or USCIS office where status was adjusted.
You must submit a copy of your lost green card (if it is possible) along with Form I-90. If your name has changed since the time your card has been lost, you must submit evidence of your name change. It can be a court order, marriage certificate, adoption decree, etc.
Download the I-90 form from the USCIS website. You will also need to download the 10-page instructions from the same page. Read them carefully and if you have any questions about how to file the data ask all of it at online consultation service there.
Put together all the documents and mail it with the Form I-90.
You will also need to gather specific documents and your payment to submit with Form I-90. If you downloaded the form from USCIS, be sure to download the instructions as well. The instructions will detail the documents that should accompany your green card replacement.
For getting your green card as a new one instead of losted you need to pay a special fee. The price is 365 $. A biometric services fee of $85 may also be required. Bring your appointment letter with you in addition to some form of photo identification. The biometrics appointment consists of fingerprinting and taking your photo for your green card.
Wait for a notification of receipt from the USCIS. File this in your records as proof you began the process. USCIS will mail you Form I-797C, Notice of Action. Save this important document. It is the notice you should use as evidence that you filed this application.
You can do it online. Go to electronic filing form I-90. This is an application to replace PRC – Permanent Resident Card. Or, you can fill up a paper form of I-90 using a mail.
At the end of this long lasting process of refreshing your green card, once approved, your new card should arrive in the mail. If you anticipate problems replacing or renewing your green card due to an arrest or immigration violation, please contact an experienced immigration attorney before filing.