Green cards are an essential document that grants permanent residency to foreign nationals in the United States. It is important to keep your green card current and valid at all times to avoid any legal issues or complications. However, if your green card is lost, stolen, or damaged, you may need to replace it. The process of replacing a green card can vary in duration depending on several factors.
The first factor that can affect the timeline of replacing a green card is whether you apply online or through the mail. The USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) recommends applying for a replacement green card online using the USCIS Electronic Immigration System. The online application process is generally faster than the mail-in process and typically takes about 4-6 months to complete.
The second factor that can affect the timeline of replacing a green card is the reason for the replacement. If your green card was lost, stolen, or destroyed, you must fill out Form I-90 and submit it to USCIS. If your green card was damaged, you must include the damaged card when submitting your Form I-90. In both cases, it can take up to 6 months to receive your replacement green card.
If your green card was stolen, it is important to file a police report and report the theft to USCIS. If you do not report the theft, you may be held liable for any illegal activity conducted using your stolen green card. Additionally, if you have a criminal record, it may take longer to replace your green card as USCIS will conduct a thorough background check before issuing a new card.
Finally, it is essential to ensure that all required documentation and fees are submitted with your application to avoid any delays or rejections. Missing or incomplete information can cause USCIS to request additional information, which can add to the processing time.
In conclusion, the process of replacing a green card can vary depending on several factors, including the reason for the replacement, the method of application, and any legal issues that may arise. Generally, the process takes 4-6 months, but it can take longer depending on the circumstances. It is essential to follow all instructions carefully and ensure that all required documentation is submitted to avoid any delays or complications. Contact the Law Firm of Solomon today for assistance with replacement of your Green card.