[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 80 (Tuesday, April 28, 2009)]
[Pages 19234-19235]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E9-9620]



U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

[CIS No. 2470-09; DHS Docket No. USCIS-2009-0008]
RIN 1615-ZA83

Form I-90, Application To Replace Permanent Resident Card, Change 
of Filing Locations

AGENCY: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, DHS.

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is changing 
the filing location for the Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent 
Resident Card. Upon the effective date of this notice, you must mail 
all paper versions of the Form I-90, including any initial evidence or 
supporting documentation, to the designated Lockbox facility located in 
Phoenix, Arizona, instead of to the Lockbox facility in Los Angeles, 
California, or to any USCIS Service Center.

DATES: This notice is effective on April 28, 2009.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kathleen Stanley, Lockbox Project 
Manager, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of 
Homeland Security, 20 Massachusetts Avenue, NW., 4th Floor, Washington, 
DC 20529-2130. Telephone Number: (202) 272-8191.


What is the purpose of the Form I-90?

    Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card, is used 
to apply for a renewal or replacement Form I-551, Permanent Resident 
Card. The Permanent Resident Card is commonly referred to as a ``green 
card.'' The specific requirements to obtain a replacement or renewal 
Permanent Resident Card are set forth in 8 CFR 264.5 and the procedures 
for filing are provided in the instructions to the Form I-90.

Why is a Permanent Resident Card necessary?

    The Permanent Resident Card provides evidence that USCIS granted 
the bearer lawful permanent residence in the United States. Section 
264(d) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (the Act) provides that 
``Every alien in the United States who has been registered and 
fingerprinted * * * shall be issued a certificate of alien registration 
or an alien registration receipt card in such form and manner and at 
such time as shall be prescribed under regulations * * *.'' The Act 
also provides that ``Every alien, eighteen years of age and over, shall 
at all times carry with him and have in his personal possession any 
certificate of alien registration or alien registration receipt card 
issued to him * * * Any alien who fails to comply with [these] 
provisions shall be guilty of a misdemeanor * * *.'' See section 264(e) 
of the Act, 8 U.S.C. 1304(E). You can find the specific requirements 
and procedures for applying to renew or replace a Permanent Resident 
Card at 8 CFR 264.5.

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Explanation of Changes

Which applicants for replacement or renewal of Permanent Resident Cards 
are affected by this notice?

    This notice affects any lawfully admitted permanent resident filing 
a paper Form I-90 to apply for renewal or replacement of his or her 
Permanent Resident Card. Instructions for filing a Form I-90 
electronically remain unchanged. For information on electronically 
filing your Form I-90 please visit our Web site at http://www.uscis.gov.

Where must I file Form I-90?

    You must mail your paper Form I-90, Application to Replace 
Permanent Resident Card, including any initial evidence and supporting 
documentation, to the designated lockbox facility in Phoenix, Arizona.
    The Phoenix Lockbox address is: USCIS, P.O. Box 21262, Phoenix, AZ 
    For U.S. Postal Service (USPS) Express Mail/courier deliveries, use 
the following address: USCIS, ATTN: I-90, 1820 Skyharbor, Circle S 
Floor 1, Phoenix, AZ 85034.

What happens if I mail a Form I-90 to the wrong location?

    USCIS will forward your Form I-90 to the Phoenix Lockbox facility 
for the first 30 calendar days after this notice is published. 
Forwarded applications will be considered properly filed when received 
at the Phoenix Lockbox facility. After the 30 calendar-day transition 
period, a Form I-90 mailed to a location other than the Phoenix Lockbox 
facility will be handled as follows:
     If you use the USPS to mail a Form I-90 to the previous 
USCIS California Lockbox address after the 30-day transition period, 
the USPS will forward it to the Phoenix Lockbox. This forwarding period 
will last approximately 90 calendar days.
     If you use a courier service to deliver a Form I-90 to the 
previous USCIS California Lockbox address after the 30-day transition 
period, it will be returned to you by the respective courier service. 
Courier services will not forward a package to another address.
     If you mail a Form I-90 application to a USCIS Service 
Center after the 30-day transition period, it will be returned to you 
with a note explaining that you must send the application to the 
correct address. The note will include the correct mailing address.

You should make every effort to mail your application to the correct 

Where will I find the new Form I-90 instructions containing the Phoenix 
Lockbox Facility address?

    You can find the revised form instructions at http://www.uscis.gov 
on April 28, 2009.

Does this Notice make any changes relating to my eligibility for 
renewing or replacing a Permanent Resident Card?

    No. This notice only changes the filing location of Form I-90 and 
requires you to submit all initial evidence and supporting 
documentation with your application. This will eliminate bringing 
supporting documentation with you to your Application Support Center 
(ASC) appointment.

Am I still required to appear at my local ASC if I am renewing or 
replacing my card?

    Yes. You will receive an ASC Appointment Notice with the date and 
time to appear for biometrics processing.

What do I need to bring to the ASC biometrics appointment?

    You must bring the following items to your biometrics appointment:
     Biometrics appointment notice,
     Photo identification (e.g., a passport, driver's license, 
military ID, or other identity document containing your name, date of 
birth, photograph, and signature), and
     Your current Permanent Resident Card.

Paperwork Reduction Act

    This notice does not impose any new reporting or recordkeeping 
requirements. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) previously 
approved the use of this information collection. The OMB control number 
for Form I-90 is contained in 8 CFR 299.5, Display of control numbers. 
USCIS provided OMB with a copy of the amended form and an OMB 83C 
(Correction Worksheet) through the automated Regulatory Information 
Service Center (RISC) and Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs 
(OIRA) Combined Information System (ROCIS). OMB approved the changes.

    Dated: April 21, 2009.
Michael Aytes,
Acting Deputy Director.
[FR Doc. E9-9620 Filed 4-27-09; 8:45 am]