How to Replace a Green Card That's Been Lost, Stolen or Damaged

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If your green card is lost, stolen or damaged, don't worry - you can get a new one. This guide explains the steps to take to replace your green card as quickly and easily as possible.

How to Get a New Green Card if Yours is Lost, Stolen or Damaged

It's incredibly simple to get a new green card if yours has been lost, stolen or damaged. In fact, you can simply call U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) at 800-375-5283 or visit the USCIS website to report what happened to your card.

How to Replace a Green Card That's Been Lost, Stolen or Damaged

What About Older Green Cards and Those That Don't Have Expiration Dates?

If you have an older green card that doesn't have an expiration date, or if your green card has been expired for more than a year, you'll need to follow a different process. In this case, you'll need to file Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card.

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What Happens if Your Green Card is Lost or Stolen When You're Inside the U.S.?

Replacing a Lost or Stolen Green Card - Davis & AssociatesIf you think your green card has been stolen, it's important to report the theft to the police right away. You'll need to get a copy of the police report to submit with your form I-90.

It may take up to six months to get a new copy of your green card, so if you need to travel outside the U.S. before you receive it, you need to request an I-551 stamp in your passport.

The I-551 stamp is also known as a "temporary evidence of permanent resident status." It allows you to return to the U.S. after traveling abroad for up to one year. To get an I-551 stamp, you'll need to fill out form I-131, Application for Travel Document and submit it to USCIS.

This stamp lets the immigration officials in the U.S. know that it's okay to let you in without a copy of your green card.

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What Happens if Your Green Card is Lost or Stolen When You're Outside the U.S.?

If you lose your green card or it gets stolen while you're outside the U.S., you'll need to follow a different process. If you're outside the U.S. when your green card is lost, stolen or damaged, you'll need to replace it through a U.S. consulate or embassy. The process is similar to applying for a new green card, but you'll need to schedule an appointment and appear in person at the consulate or embassy.

When you arrive in the United States on your return trip, you must file Form I-90 to replace your permanent resident card.

How Much Does It Cost to Get a New Green Card?

There is a $455 filing fee for Form I-90. You may also have to pay an $85 biometrics fee.

Do You Need to Replace Your Green Card Every 10 Years?

Not everyone needs to replace a green card every 10 years. If you have a green card that doesn't have an expiration date, it's valid for 10 years. If you have a green card with an expiration date, it's only valid for the duration of time specified on the card.

Do You Need to Talk to an Attorney About a Lost, Stolen or Damaged Green Card?

We can take the stress out of filling out and filing forms with USCIS for you; we may be able to help you get a new copy of your green card. Call our office today to schedule a free consultation.