The application to renew or replace your green card may appear simple, but there’s a lot at stake. It can take months to get your new green card and any application errors, even minor typographical mistakes, can lengthen the process. In the meantime, not having a valid green card can cause you a lot of problems. This checklist helps you file your I-90 green card application correctly.
Checklist for I-90 Green Card Application
1. Are You Eligible to File?
First, you’ll want to make sure you’re eligible. There are several eligibility categories for Form I-90.
- My previous card has been lost, stolen, or destroyed.
- My previous card was issued but never received.
- My existing card has been mutilated (damaged).
- My existing card has incorrect data because of Department of Homeland Security (DHS) error.
- My name or other biographic information has been legally changed since issuance of my existing card.
- My existing card has already expired or will expire within six months.
- I have reached my 14th birthday and am registering as required. My existing card will expire AFTER my 16th birthday.
- I have reached my 14th birthday and am registering as required. My existing card will expire BEFORE my 16th birthday.
- I am a permanent resident who is taking up commuter status.
- I am a commuter who is taking up actual residence in the United States.
- I have been automatically converted to lawful permanent resident status.
- I have a prior edition of the Alien Registration Card, or I am applying to replace my current Permanent Resident Card for a reason that is not specified above.
2. Is It the Right Time to File?
Next, you’ll want to make sure it’s the right time to file.
- If you’re filing to replace a green card, you’re eligible to file immediately.
- If you’re filing to renew your green card, you’ll need to wait until 6-months before it expires.
Ready to File?
When you’re ready to begin the I-90 Green Card Application, we’ll guide you through it with step-by-step instructions.
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