What is the Purpose of the USCIS Form I-90?

Posted on December 20, 2012. Filed under: Immigration |

Form I-90 is the USCIS form that is used by all the Green Card holders and this form is used to renew Green Cards that are expiring or to renew expired cards. Green Cards are important identity documents issued to permanent residents and permanent residents must always hold valid Green Cards and must not let their cards to expire. Hence they need to go for Green Card renewal if their cards are expiring. Similarly, they must immediately replace their lost or destroyed Green Cards, as soon as possible.


Form I-90 is used for few different purposes and you may file this USCIS forms to renew your expiring Green Card or you can file Form I-90 for Green Card replacement.


Use Form I-90 to Renew Your Green Card

A Green Card, a federal identity document issued by the USCIS, will help a foreign national to prove that he is a lawful resident of the country. Though permanent residents may live in the country forever, Green Cards issued to them as a proof of their lawful status are not valid for a life time and these cards are valid only for a ten year period and the expiration dates are printed on these cards. When you find that your card is close to expiration, you will have to go through the renewal process. And the first thing that you need to do to renew your Green Card is file the USCIS Form I-90. You must not wait until the last moment and you should file this form 180 days ahead of your card’s expiration date.


There are few more reasons for which you can file Form I-90.


  • If you had misplaced your Green Card or if your card was stolen by someone, you may file this form with the USCIS, after reporting the loss of your card.

  • You can file this form to get your mutilated Green Card replaced.

  • If personal information about you printed on your card is incorrect, you can file Form I-90 to correct those mistakes and to get a new Green Card.

  • People who had earlier taken commuter status may file Form I-90, if they are taking up permanent residence.

  • People who had become permanent residents automatically, may file this USCIS form.

  • You may use this form to get a new Green Card if you hold the older version of the Green Card that is not valid now.


USCIS allows the applicants to file Form I-90 online and it is a simpler process or you can download this form from the USCIS website, free of cost, complete it and mail it to the USCIS. You need to remember that this form must accompany a few supporting documents to prove that you are eligible. You may not be able to file this form while abroad and you need to contact the US Embassy in that foreign country for information on filing this form. Nevertheless, this form will help you to keep your Green Card valid.


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2 Responses to “What is the Purpose of the USCIS Form I-90?”

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Thanks for the very useful information…Hope its very useful!!!

USCIS recently published revised Forms I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card, and I-601, Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility.Previous editions of Forms I-90 and I-601 dated before Dec. 17, 2012, and Dec. 16, 2012, respectively, will only be accepted until April 16, 2013 – 90 calendar days after publication of the revised forms. After April 16, 2013, we will only accept the Dec. 17, 2012, edition for Form I-90 and the Dec. 16, 2012, edition for Form I-601.

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