(4) Applicant must have resided for at least three months within the state in which the petition was filed.
(5) Applicant must be physically present in the U.S for at least one-half of the 5 years (or one-half of 3 years if the applicant is the spouse of a USC)
(6) Applicant must have resided continuously within the U.S from the date the application filed up to the time of admission to citizenship.
(7) Applicant must not be absent from the U.S for a continuous period of more than one year during the periods for which continuous reside is required
(8) Applicant must be a person of good moral character for the requisite 5 years (or in the case of a spouse of a USC three years, or person in the military one year) prior to filing and upto the time of admission.
You will need to replace your permanent resident card if:
- Your previous card was lost, stolen, mutilated, or destroyed;
- Your card was issued to you before you were 14 and you have reached your 14th birthday;
- You have been a commuter and are now taking up actual residence in the United States;
- You have been a permanent resident residing in the United States and are now taking up commuter status;
- Your status has been automatically converted to permanent resident status, this includes Special Agricultural Worker applicants who are converting to permanent resident status;
- You have a previous version of the alien registration card (e.g., USCIS Form AR-3, Form AR-103, or Form I-151 – all no longer valid to prove your immigration status) and must replace it with the current permanent resident card (Form I-551);
- Your card contains incorrect data;
- Your name or other biographic information on the card has been legally changed since you last received your card; or,
- You never received the previous card that was issued to you by the USCIS.
How Do I Apply to Replace My Permanent Resident Card?
If you are a permanent resident, who needs to replace your card, or conditional resident who needs to replace your two-year card, for any of the reasons listed above, you may apply for a replacement card by filing a USCIS Form I-90.
A Form I-90 can be downloaded from this site, or ordered by calling the USCIS Forms request line at 1 (800) 870-3676, or by submitting a request on-line here. After receiving Form I-90, read it carefully. Detailed information is provided in the instructions for Form I-90.
Applicants may also file Form I-90 on-line using an Internet connection. Please see Introduction to E-Filing.
If you are outside the U.S. and have lost your alien registration card, contact the nearest American Consulate, USCIS Office or Port of Entry before attempting to file a Form I-90. If your Form I-90 application is approved, you will be mailed a replacement Permanent Resident Card, Form I-551, with a ten-year expiration date from the date of issuance.
If My Application is Denied, How Can I Appeal?
If your application for a replacement alien registration card is denied, you will receive a letter that will tell you why the application was denied. You will not be allowed to appeal a negative decision. However, you may submit a motion to reopen or a motion to reconsider with the same office that made the unfavorable decision. By filing such a motion, you may ask the office to reexamine or reconsider its decision. A motion to reopen must state the new facts that are to be provided in the reopened proceeding and must be accompanied by the appropriate documentary evidence. A motion to reconsider must establish that the decision to deny your application was based on an incorrect application of law or USCIS policy, and further establish that the decision was incorrect based on the evidence in the file at the time the decision was made. For more information, please see How Do I Appeal the Denial of Petition or Application which provides information on how to file a motion to reopen or a motion to reconsider.
A re-entry permit can help prevent two types of problems: (1) Your Permanent Resident Card becoming technically invalid for re-entry into the United States (U.S.), if you are absent from the U.S. for 1 year or more. (2) Your U.S. permanent residence being considered
as abandoned for absences shorter than 1 year, if you take up residence in another country.
A re-entry permit establishes a presumption that you did not abandon status, and it allows you to apply for admission to the U.S. after traveling abroad for up to 2 years, without having to obtain a returning resident visa. Re-entry permits are normally valid for 2 years from the date of issuance.
You may also want to get a re-entry permit if you plan on traveling outside the U.S. and cannot, or do not wish to get a passport from your home country. Many countries throughout the world may allow you to use a re-entry permit much like you would use a passport – placing necessary visas, and entry and exit stamps in the permit – so you may use it as your main travel document. Be sure to check with the country(ies) you plan on visiting about their requirements before you travel.
It is a misdemeanor crime to willfully fail to provide the USCIS with a written notice of address change (Form AR-11) within 10 days after remaining in the United States for 30 days or more. Individuals being convicted, including the parent or the legal guardian of an alien under age 14 who is required to give notice, can be fined up to $200 or imprisoned up to 30 days, or a combination of both. Individuals may also be deported from the United States, ref. INA § 266(b). The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) runs a “Special Registration” program which requires individuals from certain countries to go through additional security procedures in order to confirm their change of address while in the United States. The specific nationalities and procedures are included in this information guide.
Notice of Change of Address applies to:
- Nonimmigrant Visa Holders (visas such as F-1, H-1B, etc.)
- Green Card Holders (permanent United States residents)
Providing the USCIS with your change of address is not a separate requirement, but is necessary for visitors to lawfully stay in the United States. Visitors who do not comply with the change of address requirement during their stay in the United States will be considered “Out of Status”. The consequences of being out of status can lead to arrest, detention, fines, and/or removal from the United States. Future visa applications to enter the United States may also be impacted.
The purpose of the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System, which was put in place after September 11, 2001, is to keep a record of those entering and leaving the United States. NSEERS was the first step taken by the Department of Justice and then by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in order to comply with the development of the Congressionally-mandated requirement for a comprehensive entry-exit program.