Replace A Stolen Or Lost Green Card
Green Card Holders that have lost, got stolen, or many other cases we specify below, should apply for a
Green Card Replacement process through Form I 90.
When should you replace your green card?
If any of the conditions listed below fits your case, then you should start your Green Card Replacement process:
- Your Green Card was lost, stolen, mutilated or destroyed.
- You got your Green Card before you were 14 and you have reached your 14th birthday
(unless your card expires before your 16th birthday).
- Individuals that have "Commuter Status" or are automatically being converted to
permanent status should also replace their Green Cards.
- You have a previous version of the permanent resident card (e.g., USCIS Form AR-3, Form
AR-103 or Form I-151 – all no longer valid to prove your immigration status) and must
replace it with a current green card.
- Your Green Card contains incorrect information or you have legally changed your name or
any other biographic information.
- You never received your previous permanent resident card that was issued to you by U.S. Citizenship and
Immigration Services (USCIS).
If your case fits in any of those conditions then start now your green card replacement process!.
When will I receive my new Green Card?
It will take an average of 3 - 4 months to receive your new green card, But
in just 3 weeks you will receive a receipt notice from the USCIS that you can use as a valid
replacement of the green card while you wait for the real one.
Why Should You Renew Your Green Card?
These are the main reasons why you should always replace your green card if you have lost it or it was stolen:
You cannot apply for a new job. Employers cannot legally accept
an expired green card from a job applicant or an applicant without a green card, so
an expired or lost/stolen green card could cause you a disqualification from a job opportunity.
Re-entry to the United States after travel abroad requires a
valid/unexpired proof of permanent residence. If your green card
is expired or you don't have it and you plan to re-entry the U.S. you might be required to pay a steep re-entry fee or this could even create you delays or
more significant immigration problems.
You cannot apply for a driver's license or renew it without a green card.
You cannot apply for mortgage loans to buy a house since most mortgage
lenders will require a current valid green card.
You cannot apply for U.S. Citizenship. The U.S. Naturalization process requires a valid - not expired green card.
Expired Green Card
Has your Green Card expired?.
If your green card has already expired or is
about to expire then you should apply for a renewal of green card through Form I-90. Click here to read more about renewing a green card.
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