What is Form I-90?

Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card, is the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) form that is used to apply for renewal or replacement of a permanent resident card (green card).

Form I-90 Instructions

I-90 is a simple form and it is used for a few different purposes. Permanent residents file this form to get their green cards renewed and to correct mistakes on their cards if any. Likewise, conditional permanent residents file this form to replace their conditional green cards if they have lost it or to correct mistakes on their cards. Remember, conditional green cards cannot be renewed and this form cannot be filed to renew a conditional card.

This form includes seven pages and eight parts. However, not all questions may apply to you. You can just answer the questions that apply to you and write N/A if a question does not apply to you.

Here are step by step instructions that can help you complete your I-90 application.

Part 1: Information About You

You will need to enter information about you in the first part. This part is self-explanatory. You need to enter your name, date of birth other required information about you.

If your name was printed wrong on your green card and if you are filing Form I-90 to correct it or if you are filing the I-90 application to change your name on your green card, make sure to enter your current, correct name on your application. This is the name that will be printed on your new green card. If your name is spelled incorrectly, the same spelling will be printed on your new green card. To get it corrected again, you will have to file Form I-90 again and pay the filing fee. So make sure you write your current name in Question 3. In Question 5, you will have to write the name that is currently printed on the green card that you hold. You will need to enter the same name printed on your existing card even if it was spelled correctly.

Almost all the questions in this part are self-explanatory. Your green card will have your “Class of Admission” and “Date of Admission.” You can check your green card and answer Questions 12 and 13. “Class of Admission” is the category under which you were issued a green card. You can find it printed on your green card under “Category.” IR1, E11, etc., are examples of categories. Likewise, “Date of Admission” is the date on which you were approved for legal permanent residence in the U.S. This date will be printed on the front of your green card under “Resident Since.”

Part 2: Application Type

This is the second part of the I-90 application. You will need to select one box that describes your immigration status. For example, checkbox “1.a.” if you are a permanent resident or “1.c.” if you are a conditional resident.

Remember, you cannot renew a conditional green card. You can only file the I-90 application to replace your lost conditional green card or to correct mistakes on that card. Also, this form cannot be filed to convert your status from conditional resident to legal permanent resident. To remove conditions on your green card and to get a ten-year green card, you will need to file Form I-751, if you received your conditional status based on marriage and Form I-829 if conditional status was granted to you based on investment.

For Question 2, select the reason why you are filing the I-90 application. If you are filing the form because you lost your green card or if it was destroyed or stolen, you need to select “2.a.” Likewise, you can read the other options and indicate the reason why you are filing the form.

Part 3: Processing Information

Similar to the previous parts, most of the questions in Part 3 are self-explanatory. In this part, you will need to provide information on the location where you applied for an immigrant visa or for adjustment of status and the destination in the U.S. Likewise, you will need to provide the name of the city or town and state of the port of entry where you were admitted into the U.S. You will need to select the boxes that describe your ethnicity and other biographic information, which includes your race, height, weight, eye color, and hair color.

Part 4: Accommodations for Individuals With Disabilities and/or Impairments

This section is meant for applicants with disabilities or impairments who need accommodations. If you are blind or have low vision, you can request an accommodation. If you have any other type of disability, you can mention it in the spaces provided and also specify the type of accommodation you wish to request. For example, if you want a sign-language interpreter at an interview, you can request one.

In most cases, USCIS does not require green card renewal applicants to appear for interviews. But if an interview is required, you may be asked to appear for an interview. Even if an interview is not required, you will be asked to submit biometrics information. So make sure to mention that you will require an accommodation in this part if you have a disability.

Part 5: Applicant’s Statement, Contact Information, Certification, and Signature

If you forget to sign your form. USCIS will send your form back to you. You will also need to provide your contact information, which includes your phone number and email address.

Select the appropriate box under Part 5 to indicate whether you completed the application yourself or whether you took the assistance of an interpreter to complete it. Checkbox 1.a. if you completed the application or 1.b. if it was completed by an interpreter.

Part 6: Interpreter’s Contact Information, Certification, and Signature

This part will not apply to you if you completed the application. But this part needs to be filled out if the application was completed by an interpreter. If an interpreter helped you to read the form instructions and helped you complete the application, the interpreter who helped you complete the form must complete this section of the form. The interpreter’s name, address, business organization, phone number and email address must be provided. The interpreter must sign in the space provided.

Part 7: Contact Information, Declaration, and Signature of the Person Preparing this Application, if Other Than the Applicant

This section must be completed if an interpreter helped you complete the form. The person who completed the form must provide their personal information which includes their name, contact information and their address and sign this section. If the interpreter is the person who also prepared your application, he or she will have to complete Part 6 and Part 7 of the application.

If you were assisted by an attorney or an accredited representative, he or she may be required to also submit Form G-28, Notice of Entry of Appearance as Attorney or Accredited Representative. This form must be submitted along with your I-90 application.

Supporting Documents

The form to renew or replace a green card must be filed along with some supporting documents. You will have to submit a copy of your expired green card along with your application to renew green card.

What is the fee for Form I-90?

Since 2017, the fee for Form I-90 has been $455. In most cases, a fee of $85 for biometric services may be required. Check the below table “Filing Fees by Application Reason” for detailed fee instructions.

Form I-90 is available for online filing. If you file the form online, you can also pay the filing fee online. You may also file the paper form. In doing so, you can pay the fee with a money order, personal check, cashier’s check, or by credit card. If you use your credit card to pay the fee, you will need to file Form G-1450, Authorization for Credit Card Transactions, along with your I-90 application. Remember, your check should be payable to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

If you did not receive your green card and if you are filing Form I-90 because you did not receive your card, you may not be required to pay the form filing fee if you meet the following criteria:

  • USCIS mailed your card more than 30 days ago
  • The card mailed to you was returned to the USCIS as undeliverable and
  • If you are still living at the address you provided at the time of filing your application

If you meet the above criteria, you can file your I-90 application and submit the following documents along with it.

  • A copy of Form I-797, Notice of Action. This form is to prove that the USCIS has approved your application for a Permanent Resident Card; for example, Form I-485, Form I-751, Form I-829, or Form I-90.
  • An identification document issued by the government that has your name, date of birth, signature and your photograph.

If your card has incorrect information, for example, if your name was misspelled because of an error made by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, you will not be required to pay the filing fee. In this case, you will need to file your I-90 application with your original green card that has incorrect information and supporting documents with your correct name and other information.

Filing Fees by Reason

Reason for FIling Form I-90 Form Filing Fee Fees Biometric Services Total
  1. Your card was lost, stolen, or destroyed.
$455 $85 $540
(B) Your previous card was issued but you never received it. $0 $0 $0
(C) Your green card has been mutilated. $455 $85 $540
(D) Your existing card has incorrect information because of DHS error. $0 $0 $0
(E) You’ve changed your name or other information legally. $455 $85 $540
(F) Your green card will expire within six months or has already expired. $455 $85 $540
(G1) You turned 14 and your existing card will

expire after your 16th birthday.

$0 $85 $85
(G2) You turned 14 and your existing card will

expire before your 16th birthday.

$455 $85 $540
(H1) You are a legal permanent resident who is taking up commuter status. $455 $85 $540
(H2) You are a commuter who is taking up residence in the U.S. $455 $85 $540
(I) You have been automatically converted to permanent residence status. $455 $85 $540
(J) You have an older edition of the green card, or you are applying to get your card replaced for a reason not specified above. $455 $85 $540

Benefits of filing Form I-90 with us Vs filing it yourself

Services

Filing with us

Filing by yourself

Online, do it yourself immigration software Yes. Software guides you step by step in the application preparation process. No. You will not be assisted by any kind of software.
Easy to understand instructions Yes. Our step by step instructions in simple language is easy to understand No. There are form instructions but not as easy as our step by step instructions. USCIS form instructions can be complicated.
Eligibility check before starting your application Yes. You can make sure you meet basic eligibility requirements to file the form before you pay the fee and file it. No.
Document translations for an additional fee Yes. No. You will have to seek the help of a translator or other service to get your documents translated
Helpful tools to prepare and file your application correctly Yes. No.
Print ready application ready to mail to the USCIS Yes. No.
Fees Yes, a small fee of $199 is charged for the above-mentioned services. No.