FAQ

What to do if your Green Card is lost?

The Green Card or Permanent Resident Card serves as proof of its holder's immigration status. Green Card holders or permanent residents have the right to live and work in the United States. U.S. law requires you carry your Green Card with you at all times, so if your Green Card is lost or stolen, you will need to replace it as soon as possible. To replace a lost or stolen Green Card you will need to complete and file Application for Green Card Renewal or Replacement - Form I-90.

What to do if your Green Card is lost or stolen inside the U.S.

If you are in the United States when your Green Card is lost or stolen, you will need to replace it as soon as possible. The process to replace a lost or stolen Green Card while on U.S. soil is very simple. You will need to file Application for Green Card Renewal or Replacement - Form I-90, as soon as possible.

What to do if your Green Card is lost or stolen outside the U.S.

If you are outside the U.S. and have lost your Green Card, or it was stolen, please contact the nearest U.S. consulate, USCIS office or port of entry to obtain a travel document to allow you to return to the United States. File Application for Travel Document - Form I-131A, at the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. Upon returning to the U.S., you will be required to replace your lost or stolen green card by filing Application for Green Card Renewal or Replacement - Form I-90.

How long will it take to get my new Green Card once I file Form I-90?

The process to replace a lost or stolen green card generally takes about 4 to 5 months. Processing times vary depending on the USCIS office processing your application.

If you are traveling abroad, starting a new job or even renewing a driver’s license, you can make an appointment at your local USCIS office, after receiving your Notice of Action - Form I-797. You will have to bring both your passport and Notice of Action to your appointment and request a temporary Form I-551 visa stamp. This temporary visa stamp proves your status as a permanent resident and will allow you to travel or to apply for a new job. In addition to carrying your stamped passport when traveling, we recommend that you also carry a copy of Notice of Action - Form I-797.

Should I report a lost or stolen Green Card?

Yes. It is important to contact your local or international police department to file a report of a missing or stolen Green Card. You may be required to provide a police report when filing Application for Green Card Renewal or Replacement - Form I-90. A police report will also protect you if someone attempts to use your Green Card fraudulently.

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