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Form I-90 is among the many immigration-related forms offered by the USCIS. Many people get confused while filling out this form because it can be submitted by more than one group of people having their own reasons. In this article, we’ll go over what Form I-90 is, who needs to file it, and how to do it correctly to avoid rejections.
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Form I-90 is exclusively used by green card holders when there’s a need to renew or replace their existing green card. As is the case with most immigration or residence-related processes, you’d be required to file an application by submitting a form. If your green card is valid for 10 years and has expired or is nearing the expiration date, then this form should be submitted. It is recommended to renew it at least 6 months before the expiration date.
Form I-90 is mostly submitted by U.S. permanent residents, also known as green card holders whose cards have expired, nearing expiry, have been lost, stolen, or destroyed. Besides that, if your card contains incorrect data or your biographic information has changed over time, then you should use Form I-90 as well. As a teenager, if you’ve reached 14 years of age and need to renew your green card, then I-90 is the correct form for you.
However, there are limitations, and not all permanent residents can use this form to get their cards renewed.
People who shouldn’t use Form I-90 are generally conditional green card holders. These cards come with an expiry duration of two years. These card holders need to fill out another form for renewing conditional green cards and converting them to the permanent green card.
This process is called removing the condition, and the correct application for this purpose is Form I-751, also known as “Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence.”
You’ll also file this particular form instead of I-90 if you possess a green card based on a conditional marriage or by investing in a U.S.-based business entity.
Form I-90 should be submitted along with supporting documents. This is used for both verification and processing of the application. The documents you need to submit depend on the reason you’re submitting the form in the first place. Here are all the valid reasons along with the required documents:
Documents required: green card; outdated green card
Documents required: green card; photocopies of green card; government-issued ID card which correctly displays photo, signature, name, and DOB
Documents required: Government-issued ID card which correctly displays photo, signature, name, and DOB; Form I-797 (temporary-resident status); passport page with the stamp of I-551
Documents required: Green card; legal documents like a marriage certificate, divorce papers, birth certificate, adoption papers, and other court-issued documents
Documents required: Green card; employment evidence and statement of at least the past 6 months
Documents required: Green card; proof of U.S. residence; utility bills; and past employment details
Documents required: ID cards showing your name, DOB, signature, and photo; evidence of temporary-resident status (Form I-797, Form I-700)
There are two ways you can file Form I-90, either online using the USCIS web portal or offline by mail. The mode will, again, depend on your reason for the renewal.
While filling out Form I-90, either online or offline, make sure to follow the instructions outlined below.
While a complete step-by-step tutorial is out of the scope of this article, the sections which you’re going to fill out are:
All the parts are self-explanatory and you just need to be cautious while filling out the form. However, give special focus to part 2 where you need to specify the reason for renewing your green card. Other sections and the documents required will depend upon the inputs in part 2.
If you’re mailing through the U.S. postal service:
P.O. Box 21262
Phoenix, AZ 85036
If you’re using DHL or other courier services:
1820 E. Skyharbor, Circle S, Floor 1
Phoenix, AZ 85034
After filing the application, it will go through a verification phase. You’ll receive updates on various stages of the processing which includes:
The processing time usually takes somewhere between 45 days to a year depending upon the situation, application volume, and location. For replacements, it is between 5 and 13 months.
There’s a filing fee of $455 and the biometric verification fee of $85. So the total fees for filing Form I-90 stand at $540. However, you don’t have to pay any fees if there’s a mistake made by the USCIS like incorrect information printed on the card or if you’ve not received it yet. You only pay the biometric verification fee if you’re turning 14 and you already have a green card. Waivers are available if you can provide proof that you’re financially unable to do so.
Replacing or renewing your green card comes with peace of mind. While you can do all of this yourself, it’s best to find some legal help, especially in cases where you’re asking for a waiver.