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How long does it take to replace a green card?

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After finishing the application for a replacement green card, it typically takes approximately two to six months to arrive in the mail. The time frame varies by case.

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The form used to file for a replacement green card is USCIS Form I-90, and there is a $365 fee for filing the form, as of 2014. A biometrics appointment is required after filing the I-90. A local immigration field office can place an I-551 stamp on a passport, which acts as temporary proof of U.S. residency while waiting for a green card. If a green card is lost outside the United States, the traveler must visit the nearest U.S. Embassy and Consulate instead of filing the I-90.

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    How do you apply for a green card?

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    According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services official website, a person applies for a green card through one of four main categories: family, job, refugee or miscellaneous. Applications can be found and filed online at the Immigration Services website. Additionally, all applicants, excepting immediate family members, must wait for a visa to become available prior to travel even after approval is granted.

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    How can you check the status of a green card?

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    How do you renew a green card?

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    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services recommends filing Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Residence Card, six months before the initial green card expires. If your card has already expired, you are still eligible to fill out the form.

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