In order to become a permanent resident, foreign individuals must be granted a Green Card. While this holds a significant representation, physically it is just an identification card. This means it is as easy to lose as any other small possession. Permanent residents are required to keep their Green Card with them at all times, which is why they are able to replace it in the event that it is lost. Continue reading below to learn more.
How Do I Replace a Green Card?
Individuals can replace their Green Card if they lose it by filing a Form I-90. This can be done through an online application or by the mail. Filing this document requires a great deal of information, such as the applicant’s name, their mailing address, date of birth, signature, and more. Those who do not have an online account can submit a paper application and the USCIS will create an account for them. When this is done, the USCIS will send the applicant an Account Acceptance Notice. This includes instructions on how they can access the account to pay their filing fee, check the status of their application, get notifications and updates about their case, and manage their information.
What Do I Need to Replace a Green Card?
In the event that a Green Card is lost, destroyed, or stolen, applicants are required to provide information. This can be done with a copy of their Permanent Resident Card. This documents their name, date of birth, photograph, and signature. There are some cases in which a card may have been issued but they never received it. When this happens, the applicant can submit a government-issued form of identification that has the same information. This must be done with a copy of their latest Form I-797, Notice of Action, or a copy of the page in their passport with an I-551 stamp if they were an immigrant.
What Does a New Green Card Cost?
Applicants who need to replace their Green Card must pay a $455 filing fee and a possible $85 biometrics service fee. If they never received the card or it has incorrect information on it, they do not have to pay the fee. If the Form I-90 was filed by mail, the applicant can pay with a money order, cashier’s check, personal check, or with a credit card through a Form G-1450. All checks must be made out to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
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