Replacing your Green Card
When should I apply for a replacement Green Card?
There are specific instances when you should apply for a replacement Green Card:
- When your old card was lost, stolen, damaged or destroyed
- When you reach your 14th birthday
- When your status has been converted to permanent resident status
- When your old Green Card was an old version that is no longer valid (USCIS Form AR-3, Form AR-103 or Form I-151
- When your Green Card contains incorrect information
- When your name or other biographic data has already been legally changed (if you were single and you got married, you need a new Green Card or if you were married when you had your Green Card and you are now divorced, you will need a new Green Card as well)
- When the Green Card sent to you by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services was not received by you (if it was lost in the mail)
- If you were previously on a commuter status but you are now residing in the US, you must apply for a replacement Green Card.
- If you were previously residing in the US but you have taken up commuter status you must also apply for a replacement Green Card.
How should I apply for a replacement of my Green Card?
Applying for a replacement Green Card involves filing an Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card (Form I-90). You can choose between filing online and filing a paper application.
What if I lost my Green Card while I was traveling abroad?
If you were traveling abroad when you lost your Green Card, you must contact the nearest US Embassy or Consulate, the nearest USCIS office or port of entry before filing a Form I-90.
How can I know if my application for a replacement Green Card has been approved?
You can call the hotline of the USCIS National Customer Service Center 1-800-375-5283. You can also check the status of your application online. Be sure you have your receipt number, Alien Registration Number, name and date of birth.
What can I do if my application for a replacement Green Card has been denied?
Once you receive the letter informing you that your application for a replacement Green Card has been denied, you must submit a motion to reopen or a motion to reconsider. This way, you can ask for a reexamination or reconsideration of the decision.
Why is it necessary to have a replacement Green Card?
The law requires all aliens who are eighteen years old or older to always carry with them the certificate of alien registration or the alien registration card issued to them. Failure to comply with this requirement of having your Green Card in your possession is a misdemeanor.
Do you need help applying for the issuance of a replacement Green Card? Do you need help filing a motion to reopen or a motion to reconsider a denied application for a replacement card? Call and speak with our able immigration attorneys at Lluis Law. They can help you apply for a renewal or replacement Green Card.