A green card is one of the most important documents that you can have as an immigrant in the United States. If your green card becomes damaged, lost or stolen, it’s in your best interest to get it replaced as soon as possible.
When should you replace your green card?
In addition to the scenario of a green card being lost, stolen or otherwise damaged, you might want to renew or replace your green card in a few other circumstances. If your green card is about to expire, that would be a good time to renew or replace your green card.
You would also need to replace your green card if you received it before your 14th birthday. If your status has changed to a permanent resident, you might also need to get a new green card.
If any of your information has changed such as your legal name or address, you will also need to renew or replace your green card. It’s important to ensure that all of the information is correct when renewing or replacing your green card.
How do you replace a green card?
There are a few different ways to replace your green card. The easiest way is to file online where you can submit all evidence and pay any fees up front. Registering online will also allow you to see the case status updates and history of changes made to your account. This can be helpful if you have questions about the status of your card.
You can also file by paper and mail your application in. There might be more delays with this method. After you’ve applied, you’ll get a notification that your application has been received.
Every immigration case is different. If you have questions about eligibility, a new card or your status, reach out to a lawyer for help.