Asked in Immigration Law for North Carolina

Q: Can permanent resident be deported if renewal green card is lost in the mail. Filed I-90. Still waiting.

Original card expired almost a year ago. My new card was mailed at the end of June. When it was returned I filed the I-90 form. But according to the website the processing time could be another year. With everything going on in our country I am worried about deportation while waiting for replacement card.

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Allen C. Ladd
Allen C. Ladd
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  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • Greenville, SC

A: Suggestions:

1) Scan your receipt notice for the I-90 and email to yourself.

2) If you have a photo or photocopy of your green card, do the same. If you don't have it, don't be too concerned -- you have the I-90.

3) Access these on your smart phone if ever needed, to prove you have a pending I-90.

Note: You ARE a permanent resident, even though you do not physically have your green card, which is "only" proof of the fact that you are a permanent resident.

And another suggestion, please take this one seriously ...

3) Apply for citizenship, Form N-400, Application for Naturalization.

Hector E. Quiroga
Hector E. Quiroga
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  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • Las Vegas, NV

A: Your permanent residence doesn’t expire with your card. You can keep a copy of the renewal notice with you, or you can contact USCIS to see if you can get temporary evidence of your status.

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