Green card is the most important identity document that every foreign national who is granted permanent resident status in the U.S., must hold. As it is not so easy to obtain green cards, permanent resident card holders must keep these cards safe. Similarly, they must not forget to renew their cards every ten years.
You need to file an application to replace your green card, if you lose it. That is because you are likely to get into trouble if you do not hold proof of your lawful status in the U.S. If you misplace your green card while abroad, you may not be granted permission to re-enter the U.S. Though you are a permanent resident, U.S. employers may not hire you, if your permanent resident card is invalid or if your card is lost. Similarly, you may be denied various other federal benefits, if your card is invalid or if you have lost it.
Hence, it is mandatory to hold a green card that is valid and the first thing that you need to do after losing your card is to file Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card, for green card replacement. You need to attach a copy of your existing green card along with this USCIS form and you must pay the required filing fees.
It is not mandatory to file the paper version of the form as you can file an application for green card replacement, online. This will save your time as you need not obtain a form and complete it by hand and you can just complete this form online and submit it. This e-filing option will also help you to avoid mistakes. Moreover, a receipt notice will be generated as soon as you electronically file Form I-90.
You can pay the filing fees online through your credit or debit card and you can easily e-file your green card replacement application from your home or from a library. However, you need to remember that you must mail the supporting documents to the right USCIS office. The address will be printed on the receipt notice that you receive after filing your form. You need to pay $540, while filing the form. This includes $455 form filing fee and the biometric services fee of $85. Green Card replacement process is not complex. You just need to complete the form online and mail the supporting documents. USCIS will approve your application and issue a new green card if you are eligible.
Updated On 02/11/2019