By Parviz Malakouti-Fitzgerald, Esq.
A green card, also known as a permanent residence card, is an essential document for non-US citizens who want to live and work in åthe United States permanently. However, sometimes the information on the card may contain spelling errors, which can cause confusion and complications.
Sample front-side of a legal permanent resident i.e. "green card"
Fortunately, fixing a green card spelling error is usually a straightforward process that can be completed with the help of the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) immigration office. Here are the steps to take to fix a green card spelling error:
Step 1: Identify the Error
Check your green card carefully and make a note of the spelling error. It's essential to know the exact error to make sure that it's corrected.
Step 2: Gather Required Documents
To request a correction, you will need to fill out USCIS form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card. As noted in the I-90 instructions, you must also provide your original legal permanent resident card (i.e. “green card”) with the faulty information, and a government-issued identification document, such as a passport or driver's license.
Note: although an I-90 can also be filed online, an I-90 filed to correct a spelling error should be submitted via paper application.
Step 3: Submit the Form I-90
Fill out the form I-90 and submit it to the USCIS immigration office. You can submit the form online or by mail, but if you are submitting the I-90 for the purpose of fixing a green card spelling error, it should be submitted online.
1st and 2nd page of the 7 page USCIS form I-90
Step 4: Attend Biometrics Appointment
After submitting the form, you will receive a biometrics appointment notice. You must attend the appointment, where your fingerprints, photograph, and signature will be taken.
Step 5: Receive Your New Green Card
After completing the biometrics appointment, you will receive a new green card with the corrected spelling within a few weeks.
Form I-90 Fee
The fee for Form I-90 to correct a spelling error is $540. However, if the error was caused by DHS (in this case, USCIS) error, the filing fee is $0. If you are claiming the error was made by DHS, you should submit evidence that the mistake was made by DHS.
Such evidence could include a copy of your application made to USCIS showing the correct spelling of your name, or previous correspondence from USCIS showing a correct spelling of your name.
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