USCIS Form I-90, What is It?

Posted on June 19, 2013. Filed under: Immigration |

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Form I-90 is to be used to renew/replace the Green Card (card for lawful U.S. permanent resident). The steps below give you a clear view of Form I-90.

1. What is Form I-90?

I-90 is a USCIS form used for renewing or replacing the Green Card, it is used by permanent residents to apply for a replacement or renewal of their existing Permanent Resident Cards. If a Green Card is about to EXPIRE or is MUTILATED or STOLEN or even LOST, a new Green Card has to be obtained. The USCIS Form I-90 can be used to overcome any of the above conditions. This form can also be used by conditional permanent residents to replace their existing Permanent Resident Card but not to renew their status.

2. Validity of a Green Card

The U.S. Green Card is valid for ten years. One should renew his/her permanent resident card (Green Card) before it expires. Do not panic if a Green Card has expired, but keep in mind that it should be renewed soon.

3. Steps in filling the Form I-90.

    • Part 1. Information About You

This part of the form requires all your personal information like your full name, your mailing address and your U.S. physical address. The applicant should know that all the fields here are mandatory, hence these fields should be provided with appropriate information.

    • Part 2. Application Type

This particular section is regarding the status of the applicant, where it contains two sections for two different category of people. Section A is to be chosen only by the Permanent Resident of United States and Section B by the Conditional Residents of United States. These two sections trigger the reason for the application, that is reason for filling the form I-90. Here the appropriate check box has to checked according to its relevance to the applicant.

    • Part 3. Processing Information

 Part 3 requires for the mother’s name, father’s name and few other additional information, like the location where the immigrant visa was applied for and location where it was issued, the destination in United States during the time of admission, the port of entry to United States and other related information.

    • Part 4. Accommodations for Individuals With Disabilities and Impairments

This part of the form provides extra support for the people who are in need, and has to be filled only by the applicants who are requesting for an accommodation because of a disability and/or impairment.

    • Part 5. Signature of Applicant

 This part of the form is the declaration of the applicant with his/her signature, that all information provided is correct. In case of false information, the application may be punished by law. If this column is left blank, the USCIS will return the application to the applicant.

    • Part 6. Signature of the Person Preparing This Application, If Other Than the Applicant

 If a person has filled this form on behalf of the applicant, the USCIS requires the Preparer to furnish his/her details. So, the preparer has to provide their full name, mailing sddress and contact information.

3. Required Evidence and Fees

After filling the Form I-90, proper evidences has to be attached as required by the USCIS to proceed further. An amount of $450 should be included along with the form and supporting evidences where $365 is the application fee and $85 is the biometrics fee. In some cases there is no need to pay the fees if the mistake has been made by the USCIS in entering incorrect information even after providing the correct data. Most applicants need to pay the biometrics fees, but it depends on the condition, if the applicant hasn’t received his card before then there is no need for him/her to pay the biometrics fee the next time.


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