Renewing Your Permanent Resident Card (Part One)

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How do I renew my Permanent Resident Card?

File a Form I-90 with USCIS to renew your Permanent Resident Card. Form I-90 is available on our web site at www.uscis.gov. If you file Form I-90 by mail, you will need to include supporting evidence, such as a copy of your expired or expiring card. The instructions on the form will give you more details. Since filing procedures recently changed, please review the most recent instructions on our website. If you have questions after you read those instructions, just check our web site or call customer service for more information. You may be able to file this form electronically right from our website.

After you file, you will be mailed a notice scheduling you for an appointment to go to an Application Support Center (ASC) to have your fingerprints, photo and signature taken. If you filed Form I-90 electronically, mail your supporting documentation, such as a copy of your expired or expiring card, to the following address:

Nebraska Service Center Attn: E-filed I-90 Application P.O. Box 87090 Lincoln, NE 68502-7090

Include a copy of your e-filed I-90 confirmation receipt with your supporting documentation. Note: Form I-90 requests the applicant’s A#. If the customer has lost their A#, they need to make an INFOPASS appointment to obtain it.

Do I need to renew my Permanent Resident Card if it does not have an expiration date?

Older versions of the card should be replaced. There are several versions of older cards in existence:

* Form I-551 version - if your card is titled ‘‘Permanent Resident Card’, you have the newest edition of the card, issued since 1998.

o Look at ‘Resident Since’ on the front of your card. This is the date you became a permanent resident. These cards are still good.

* Form I-551 version - if your card is titled ‘Resident Alien’ and it is pink, (these were issued between 1989 to 1998 – and also shows a card expiration date on the front), then:

o On the back you will see a line of printed letters and numbers at the bottom of the colored part of your card.

o The third set of numbers from the left has six digits. This is when you became a permanent resident, shown as year / month / day. These cards are still good.

* Form I-551 version - if your card is titled ‘Resident Alien’ and it is white, (these were issued between 1977 and 1989), then:

o On the back you will see three lines of printed letters and numbers, with small legends in light brown.

o Look at the bottom line. The first entry on the left is labeled “ADM/ADJ DATE’. This is the date you became a permanent resident. There was a proposal back in August of 2007 to require that these cards be replaced but the proposal has not been finalized. However, you may wish to go ahead and replace these cards.

• There are also a number of Form I-151 versions of the card. These cards were issued prior to 1977. If your card indicates that it is a Form I-151 version, it is no longer valid. If you have not replaced your card, it should show the date you became a permanent resident typed or stamped at the bottom under ‘month, day and year of entry. If you have one of these older editions of the permanent resident card, you should apply to replace it.

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