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What is a Permanent Resident Card?

A Permanent Resident Card, commonly known as a Green Card, is evidence of your status as a lawful permanent resident with a right to live and work permanently in the U.S. It also is evidence of your registration in accordance with U.S. immigration laws. The Permanent Resident Card is also called Form I-551.

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Who needs to replace a Permanent Resident Card?

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 U.S.
  • 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. For example, Form AR-3, Form AR-103, or Form I-151 – all no longer valid to prove your immigration status, and must replace it with the current permanent resident card Form I-551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
  • You never received the previous card that was issued to you by the USCIS
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