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How long will it take to process my I-90 application?
Form I-90, also known as the Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card, is a form used by lawful permanent residents of the United States to renew or replace their Green Card. A Green Card, also known as a Permanent Resident Card, is a document issued by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) that allows an individual to live and work permanently in the United States.
To apply for a renewal or replacement of a Green Card using Form I-90, an individual must be a lawful permanent resident of the United States and must meet certain eligibility requirements. The individual must also submit the appropriate fees and supporting documentation, including proof of identity and proof of lawful permanent resident status.
EZ485 is a website that is dedicated to helping individuals who are applying for a renewal or replacement of their Green Card using Form I-90. To assist applicants in understanding the current processing times for I-90 applications, EZ485 manually gathers data directly from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). This data is then organized and presented in a clear and easy-to-understand format, making it easier for applicants to get a sense of the timeline for their application.
|Category||Office||80% of cases are completed within|
|Initial issuance or replacement||Potomac Service Center||20 Months|
|10-year renewal||Potomac Service Center||20.5 Months|
Factors that can impact I-90 processing times
There are a number of factors that can impact the processing times for Form I-90, which is used to renew or replace a Green Card. Some of these factors include:
- The workload of the particular USCIS office that is processing the application: If the USCIS office that is handling your I-90 application is experiencing a high volume of cases, it may take longer for your application to be processed.
- Completeness and accuracy of the application: If your I-90 application is incomplete or contains errors, it may take longer to process it. It is important to carefully read and follow all instructions on the form and make sure to provide all of the required documents and information.
- Additional security checks: In some cases, the USCIS may need to conduct additional security checks as part of the I-90 process. These checks can take time and may impact the overall processing time for your application.
- Fee processing delays: If there are delays in processing the fee for your I-90 application, it may also impact the overall processing time for your application.
- Case-specific issues: There may be other case-specific issues that can impact the processing time for your I-90 application. For example, if your application requires additional review or if there are discrepancies in your application that need to be resolved, it may take longer for your application to be processed.
How to check the status of your I-90 application
There are a few different ways you can check the status of your Form I-90 application to renew or replace your Green Card:
- Check online: The USCIS offers an online tool called the “Case Status Online” that allows you to check the status of your application. To use this tool, you will need to provide your receipt number, which can be found on the notice you received from the USCIS after submitting your I-90 application.
- Contact the USCIS: You can also check the status of your I-90 application by contacting the USCIS by phone or email. To do this, you will need to provide your receipt number and other identifying information.
Tips for a smooth I-90 application process
- Make sure you are eligible: Before you begin the application process, make sure you meet the eligibility requirements for renewing or replacing your Green Card. This includes being a lawful permanent resident of the United States and meeting any other requirements specific to your situation.
- To be eligible to renew or replace your Green Card using Form I-90, you must be a lawful permanent resident of the United States. This means that you have been granted permission to live and work in the United States on a permanent basis.
- In addition to being a lawful permanent resident, you must also meet certain other requirements to be eligible to renew or replace your Green Card. For example, you must have a Green Card that is expiring or has already expired, or you must have lost your Green Card or had it stolen.
- You must also be physically present in the United States to file Form I-90. If you are outside the United States when your Green Card expires or is lost, you may need to apply for a returning resident visa to return to the United States and file Form I-90.
- If you are not sure whether you are eligible to renew or replace your Green Card using Form I-90, you can consult the instructions on the form or contact the USCIS for more information. It is important to make sure you are eligible before you begin the application process, as submitting an ineligible application can result in delays or the rejection of your application.
- Gather all necessary documentation: To complete your I-90 application, you will need to provide certain documentation, such as proof of identity and proof of lawful permanent resident status. Make sure you have all of the required documents before you begin the application process.
- If your Green Card has been lost, stolen, destroyed, or mutilated:
- A copy of your Green Card or a government-issued form of identification that contains your name, date of birth, photograph, and signature
- If your Green Card was issued but never received:
- A copy of a government-issued form of identification that contains your name, date of birth, photograph, and signature
- A copy of your latest Form I-797, Notice of Action, for the form that should have resulted in the issuance of your Green Card, or
- A copy of the page in your passport showing the I-551 stamp you received upon admission if you were admitted as an immigrant
- If your Green Card has incorrect data because of a Department of Homeland Security error:
- Your original Green Card
- Proof of your correct biographical data
- If your name or other biographic information has legally changed, or if your card has incorrect data and the error was not caused by the Department of Homeland Security:
- Appropriate legal documents that reflect new or correct biographical data
- A copy of your Green Card
- If your Green Card has already expired or will expire within six months:
- A copy of your expired/expiring Green Card
- If you have reached your 14th birthday:
- A copy of your current Green Card
- If you are a permanent resident who is taking up commuter status:
- Evidence of your employment that is dated within the last six months
- A copy of your Green Card
- If you are a commuter who is taking up actual residence in the United States:
- Evidence of your U.S. residence. If proof of residence (such as utility bills) are in your spouse or parent’s name, provide a copy of your original marriage or birth certificate
- Copy of your Green Card
- If you have been automatically converted to lawful permanent resident status:
- Evidence of your temporary residence status
- A copy of a government-issued identification document that contains your name, date of birth, photograph, and signature
- If you have a prior edition of the Alien Registration Card, or are applying to replace your current Green Card for a reason that is not specified above:
- Copy of your Alien Registration Card or Green Card
Please note that this is just a checklist of documents that you may need to provide with your Form I-90 application, depending on your specific circumstances. Be sure to carefully review the instructions for Form I-90 and any other applicable regulations to make sure you have all of the necessary documents. Do not send original documents unless specifically requested, and if you are submitting any documents in a foreign language, be sure to include a full English translation along with a certification from the translator.
- Complete the application accurately and thoroughly: Carefully read and follow all instructions on the I-90 form and make sure to answer all questions accurately and completely. Incomplete or inaccurate applications can cause delays or result in the rejection of your application.
- Pay the correct fee: The I-90 application requires a fee, which must be paid in the form of a check or money order. Make sure you pay the correct amount and include the correct payment with your application.
- Keep a copy of your application: Make a copy of your completed I-90 application for your own records. This will help you keep track of your application and will be useful if you need to provide additional information or follow up on the status of your application.