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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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).
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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.
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