Recently, you received your green card and all the benefits it offers. As time goes on, you may need to replace your card to remain a lawful permanent U.S. resident.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services breaks down the basics of replacing your green card. Understand how to maintain your status and have one less thing to worry about.
When to get a replacement green card
After you become a lawful permanent resident, certain situations may require you to replace your green card. Such situations include when your current green card expires or expires in six months, you received your card before turning 14 and turn 14 soon, commuters take up residence in the U.S. and permanent U.S. residents become commuters. You must also apply for a new green card if your current card becomes mutilated, damaged, destroyed or stolen.
Conditional permanent residents may also need to replace their green cards if their current card contains the wrong information. They must also get new cards upon legally changing their names or other biographic details on their current cards.
How to get a replacement green card
Conditional and lawful permanent residents must complete and file a Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card virtually or through the mail. Filing online offers advantages, such as seeing when the USCIS receives the replacement application, receiving case updates and communicating with the USCIS. Upon application approval, you get a new card in the mail.
How to handle a denial of a replacement green card
The USCIS may deny your application. While you cannot appeal a denial, you can submit a motion to either reconsider or reopen. On the motion, list new information to provide if the benefits agency reopens your case and the facts.
You deserve to enjoy the fruits of your labor after earning a green card. By knowing when and how to replace a card, you better ensure you remain right where you are.