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Form I-90

Hey there! If you’re a green card holder in the U.S., you’ll eventually need to deal with Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card. This form is used to renew or replace your green card, whether it's about to expire, has been lost, stolen, or damaged, or if your personal information has changed. Think of Form I-90 as the key to keeping your green card status up to date and ensuring you have a valid card that proves your lawful permanent residency. Keeping your green card current is crucial for traveling, working, and proving your legal status in the U.S.

What is the I-90 form?

Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card, is used by green card holders to renew or replace their green cards. Whether your green card is expiring, has been lost, stolen, or damaged, or if there are changes to your personal information, this is the form you need.

How much does Form I-90 cost?

The filing fee for Form I-90 is $455, plus an $85 biometric services fee, totaling $540. This fee covers the cost of processing your application and capturing your fingerprints, photo, and signature.

How long does it take for an I-90 application to be approved?

The processing time for Form I-90 can vary, but it generally takes about 8 to 12 months. Delays can occur, so it’s a good idea to apply for renewal about six months before your current green card expires.

Can I file an I-90 outside the US?

No, you cannot file Form I-90 while you are outside the U.S. You need to be physically present in the United States to submit your application for a green card replacement or renewal.

Who should file I-90?

Any lawful permanent resident with an expiring or expired green card, or those who have lost, stolen, or damaged cards, should file Form I-90. You should also file if you need to update your personal information, such as your name or marital status.

What documents do I need for green card renewal?

For green card renewal, you’ll need to provide a copy of your current green card, passport-style photos, and proof of any changes in your personal information. Additional documents might be required if you're replacing a lost, stolen, or damaged card or if you’re updating your biographical data.

Can I send Form I-90 online?

Yes, you can file Form I-90 online through the USCIS website. Filing online can be faster and more convenient, allowing you to track the status of your application and receive updates electronically.

Who qualifies for a citizenship fee waiver?

To qualify for a citizenship fee waiver, you must demonstrate an inability to pay due to financial hardship. This can be shown through receiving a means-tested benefit (like Medicaid), having a household income at or below 150% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines, or experiencing a financial hardship situation such as high medical bills or unemployment.

Does Form I-90 require photos?

Yes, when filing Form I-90, you will need to provide two passport-style photos that meet the specifications outlined by USCIS. These photos are used for your new green card.

Hopefully, this gives you a clear picture of Form I-90 and how to renew or replace your green card. If you have any more questions or need further assistance, don’t hesitate to reach out. Good luck with your application!

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