Form I-90 | Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card
You can only use Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card, if you are a permanent resident (read: a green card holder) in the United States. Besides this obvious minimal requirement, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) also specifies that a permanent resident can file this form under special conditions.
Typically, you want to apply Form 90 when your current green card is about to expire and you need another green card (which will be issued for another 10 years). You can also use Form I-90 when you need to update your green card or get a replacement if your current green card is lost, stolen, or damaged.
Keep in mind, however, that you cannot use Form I-90 to replace the green card if you are a conditional permanent resident. Conditional permanent residents are the immigrants who moved to the U.S. as a spouse to a U.S. citizen or another permanent resident. You also cannot use Form I-90 as an investor to the American business (USCIS lets you obtain the conditional residentship if you invest $1 mln in the U.S. economics).
You need to apply Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card, when your current green card expires within the next 3 months (90 days).
General Form I-90 instructions
Follow the recommendations below to file Form I-90 with USCIS:
- Sign the application form. If your form is not signed, USCIS will reject your application. We also strongly recommended to write block letters to improve the legibility of the text.
- Do not omit or hide any information that USCIS requests from you in the application form.
If you think that the information you provide may make you ineligible for a new green card, you should consult a lawyer to figure out a solution.
For example, if you committed a crime, USCIS may decide that you cannot renew your green card. Naturally, not paying for the parking tickets does not mean that you cannot prolong your residency in the U.S. for another 10 years simply because USCIS considers only serious crimes (such as a robbery) as a bar to granting permanent resident status.
- if you make an error when writing information into the form, you have to start a new application form (which is not a problem as the application form is available for free on our website or on USCIS website).
- Gather the supporting documentation for your petition.
Provide evidence such as police reports, a birth or marriage certificate, or similar documentation if you want to renew your green card. Without the supporting evidence, USCIS will reject your Form I-90 application.
USCIS usually requires the copies of the documents to support your Form I-90. But if you decide to include the originals when there are not requested by USCIS, then the immigration officer or worker at USCIS may destroy these originals.
Form I- 90 fee
Currently, the filing fee for Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card, is $455. On top of this fee, you should be ready to spend another $85 for the biometric services (USCIS may need your photographs, fingerprints, and signature), although you may not need to pay the biometrics fee.
As with all other forms, USCIS mentions that you can pay the filing fee for Form I-90 using a money order, personal check, or cashier’s check. You can also pay using your credit or debit card provided you filed Form G-1450, Authorization for Credit Card Transactions.
Form I-90 processing time
The U.S. government does not specify the exact timeframe for renewal of their permanent resident card. In most cases, it takes 6-12 months to process your information and take a decision to issue a new green card in your case or not.
Where to send Form I-90
You can send you Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card, to three USCIS mailboxes. You can only send the application to the specific mailbox depending on the state where you live, though. Visit the Where to File section on the Form I-90 page to get the exact information.
Form I-90 PDF
You can download Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card, for free directly from our website.Download the I-90 application form for replacing a permanent resident card.
February 17, 2019