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How to Obtain a Replacement for a Lost or Stolen Green Card2023-01-12T10:57:34-05:00
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How to Obtain a Replacement For a Lost or Stolen Green Card

Obtaining a replacement for a lost or stolen green card is essential, as this document shows proof of your residency status in the United States and is often used to show evidence of your eligibility to work and live legally in the country. It’s important to file for a replacement for a lost or stolen green card as soon as possible after realizing that this document is missing. Our article gives you detailed steps on obtaining a replacement for your green card.

In this guide we will cover these questions:

Why Is Replacing Your Green Card Important?

Replacing your green card is important as you need this document to show your legal proof of residency in the United States and demonstrate your eligibility to live or work legally. Without your green card, you may not be able to travel easily inside or outside of the country, obtain government services, and easily take advantage of your legal rights. It’s important to replace your lost or stolen green card as soon as possible to avoid any serious issues.

How to Obtain a Replacement For Your Lost or Stolen Green Card

Obtaining a replacement for your lost or stolen green card might seem like an overwhelming process at first. Our guide helps break down the steps in this process so you easily understand what to do after your green card is lost or stolen.

What Is the Process for Replacing Your Green Card?

The process for replacing your green card involves filling out Form I-90, application to replace a permanent resident card, and submitting it to the USCIS along with the application fee of $455 and the biometrics fee of $85 (a total fee of $540). This form can be submitted either online or through the mail, but we give you the steps for submitting this form through an online USCIS account below.

  1. Create an online USCIS account or log into your existing account.
  2. Follow the instructions found in your online account to complete Form I-90, upload any supporting documents, and pay the application fee of $540.
  3. Once your application is submitted, the USCIS will notify you if any further information is needed, if interviews need to be scheduled, and how to complete any biometrics services.
  4. Keep track of your application and its results via your online account and communicate with USCIS directly if you have any other application questions.

After you submit your Form I-90, you can use the receipt number along with your Form I-55I, your permanent residence card, to provide valid proof of your residency status.

If you don’t have your green card, as is the case when your card is lost or stolen, you may be issued an Alien Documentation, Identification & Telecommunications (ADIT) stamp while waiting for your replacement green card.

If you would like to submit your green card replacement application through the mail instead, review the information listed under the “where to file” option found on the Form I-90 information page.

What if Your Green Card Is Lost or Stolen While Traveling Abroad?

If your green card is lost or stolen while you are traveling abroad, your first step should be to contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate for assistance. You may be required to submit Form I-131A, application for travel document in order to travel back into the United States. You may also be authorized a temporary I-551 stamp depending on your situation.

How Long Does It Take To Get a Replacement Green Card?

As of 2023, it takes approximately 18 months to obtain a replacement green card. This time might be shorter or longer depending on your specific situation. You can check average processing times for certain forms the USCIS issues and reviews online.

What if Your Green Card Application Is Denied?

If your green card replacement application is denied, the USCIS will issue you a letter stating why. You cannot appeal a denial, but you may be able to submit a motion to reopen the case or a motion to reconsider. In these cases, you may also want to consider obtaining legal assistance from an attorney that specializes in immigration law in order to help you navigate the process.

More information on green card application denials and your next steps can be found on USCIS’s appeals and motions information page.

Where Can You Obtain a Certified Translation?

As you complete Form I-90 and submit any required supplemental documentation, you may find that your important documents also need an English translation if they are to be accepted.

You can obtain a certified translation of these vital documents via our online store to give your green card replacement application the best chance of being accepted and processed as fast as possible, including:

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It is always important to do your own research. Check the USCIS website and the National Visa Center website to see if you are eligible to file a green card application. U.S. Language Services LLC is not a law firm and does not provide legal advice. As a result, it is not a substitute for legal counsel. If you need assistance submitting your paperwork, please seek out the advice of a lawyer.

U.S. Language Services LLC is not affiliated with or endorsed by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) or any other agency of the United States government.

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All our certified to English translations are accepted by the USCIS. Our translations follow the guidelines established by the USCIS and are also accepted by educational institutions.

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You can order most translations 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through our online store. For large projects (more than 20,000 words or 50 pages), please request a quote.

General Questions

Can you expedite my translation?2020-10-13T08:31:38-04:00

Yes, we apply a surcharge of 50% to expedited translations and it is a service we offer for most common language combinations.

With expedited service we can reduce the delivery time by approximately 50%. If your document is only 1 page, we can often provide same day service.

How do you keep my information secure?2020-04-10T10:40:07-04:00

All your information is transmitted using SSL/TLS encryption.

We never receive, store or keep your credit card information. Your credit card information is processed externally by Stripe. The same company that manages payments for companies such as Uber, Lyft, Target, Blue Apron, SquareSpace, Slack and Spotify (to name a few).

U.S. Language Services has a strict confidentiality policy. We understand that in certain cases, given the sensitivity of the information to be translated, some clients require we sign a specific confidentiality agreement (NDA). We would be happy to sign your NDA.

Who will translate my document?2020-04-10T10:41:04-04:00

Our translators have years of experience in the translation industry and specialize in different areas of service. Many of them have graduate degrees and certificates in fields such as law and engineering.

How can I pay?2020-04-10T10:40:56-04:00

We accept all major credit cards, Apple Pay, PayPal and Google Pay.

In what currency are your prices?2022-02-25T08:57:58-05:00

All prices — both in the online store and in quotes sent via email — are indicated in U.S. dollars (USD).

Is my payment safe?2020-04-10T10:40:47-04:00

Yes. We use Stripe and PayPal as payment platforms. We never receive, store or keep your credit card information.

Certified Translation

What is a certified translation?2020-04-10T10:52:38-04:00

A certified translation is a word-for-word translation required for official use by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), universities, colleges, state or federal institutions and courts.

All our certified translations are issued in accordance with the regulations established by the USCIS, the institution that most frequently requires this type of document. A certified translation includes a certificate issued on our corporate letterhead signed by the translator and a U.S. Language Services representative in PDF format.

How much does it cost?2021-04-13T11:31:37-04:00

The price for a certified translation is $29.00 per page. No hidden fees.
Each page may contain up to 250 words or fewer including numbers. Pages may be letter size (8.5″ x 11″), A4 or smaller and one sided.
For languages that use logograms, such as Chinese, Korean and Japanese, each character is considered a word.

How are the pages counted?2022-06-28T09:54:53-04:00

When you order a certified translation, the most significant variable is how the pages of the document are calculated. We take into consideration both the number of physical pages in your original document and the total word count.

Each page may contain up to 250 words. Pages may be letter size (8.5″ x 11″), A4 or smaller and one sided.

For example: A project with 2 physical pages that each contain 500 words (1,000 words total), is calculated as 4 pages (1,000 words ÷ 250 = 4 pages).

What happens if I don’t count the number of pages correctly?2020-04-10T10:48:37-04:00

Don’t worry. Our team reviews each order individually. If the number of pages is greater, we’ll contact you with instructions on how to proceed. If you ordered pages in excess, we’ll issue you a refund using the same payment method.

How long will it take to translate my document?2021-06-07T18:46:33-04:00

For most common languages, including Spanish, French, Portuguese, Russian and Chinese, you can expect to receive a 1-3 page translation in 1 business day. Larger projects (4 – 10 pages) can take up to 3 business days.

For orders in other language pairs, our team will review your documents and provide you with the delivery date once you place your order.

Note: Orders placed after 2 p.m. EST (Eastern Standard Time) will be processed by our team on the following business day. Delivery dates exclude weekends & holidays. 

Do you offer notarized translations?2021-11-10T14:29:32-05:00

No, we do not offer notarized translation services.

Standard Translation

How much does it cost?2020-11-12T06:22:39-05:00

The price for a standard translation is $0.12 per word. No hidden fees.
For languages that use logograms, such as Chinese, Korean and Japanese, each character is considered a word.

Is there a minimun?2020-11-11T11:10:45-05:00

Yes. The minimum per project is $24 or 200 words.

What is a standard translation?2020-11-11T11:14:07-05:00

A standard translation is a high-quality, professional translation of documents or text-based files delivered in an editable Word file. If you require a different format (pages, rtf, txt) just let us know when placing your order using the comments field. This service is perfect for:

  • Press releases, employee manuals
  • Websites, blog posts, emails, text messages
  • Financial statements, legal contracts
  • Online stores, e-commerce, product descriptions, etc.
How do you ensure quality?2020-04-10T11:12:59-04:00

Our translators have years of experience in the translation industry and specialize in different areas of service. Many of them have graduate degrees and certificates in fields such as marketing, law and engineering. We’re very selective and accept less than 10% of the translators that apply.

A typical translator working for U.S. Language Services has over 5 years of experience and is fluent or bilingual in English and the source or target language.

What languages do you translate?2022-03-21T11:43:14-04:00

U.S. Language Services provides translation services in 35 languages. We translate both from English and into English:

  • Arabic
  • Bulgarian
  • Catalan
  • Chinese (Simplified & Traditional)
  • Czech
  • Danish
  • Dari
  • Dutch
  • Farsi
  • French
  • Georgian
  • German
  • Greek
  • Hebrew
  • Hindi
  • Hungarian
  • Indonesian
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Norwegian
  • Polish
  • Portuguese (Brazil & Portugal)
  • Romanian
  • Russian
  • Slovak
  • Spanish (Spain and Latin America)
  • Swedish
  • Tagalog
  • Turkish
  • Ukrainian
  • Vietnamese
How long will it take?2021-06-07T18:46:35-04:00

For most common languages, including Arabic, Chinese, French, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish you can expect to receive:

  • A 500 word translation in 1 business day
  • A 1,000 word translation in 2 business days
  • A 2,000 word translation in 3 business days
  • A 5,000 word translation in 5 business days

For orders in other language pairs, our team will review your documents and provide you with the delivery date once you place your order.

Note: Orders placed after 2 p.m. EST (Eastern Standard Time) will be processed by our team on the following business day. Delivery dates exclude weekends & holidays.

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