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green card renewal lost in mail

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In June 2009 I filed form I90 to renew my permanent resident card. I was living in San Diego then. In July I had the appointment to take y fingerprints and photo, then on August 21 my application was approved according to a letter from USCIS. In September I moved to Virginia and notified of my change of address to the Dept. of Homeland Security. In December, after months of waiting for the arrival of my card, I contacted USCIS. They have sent me a letter stating that since the renewed card apparently was lost in the mail, I have to start the application again from the very beginning, i.e., file form I90 and send the corresponding fees as though I never did it before. They are assuming that I have lost the card. Why am I responsible to pay for something that has failed even though I have done exactly as I was supposed to do? Why can't USCIS print out another card and send it to me? How come USCIS has no way of tracking things that are sent by mail? There is something really bizarre and unfair about this....

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Two options seem apparent: (A) Pay the fees, bite your tongue and move on with your life, or (B) speak up. Contact your local Congress Rep. or Senator and see if their office will help you. Verify that the San Diego field office had the correct (old) address for you, the date that they mailed the card, that you had a forwarding address at your old address, you informed the DHS in a timely manner etc. before you proceed further. You mght also try to escalate this within the USCIS until you have a sympathetic ear. Explain that you are required by law to carry the green card (or be cited for a misdemeanor) and making you pay for it twice in order to avoid criminal charges is punitive, on its own. There are no gurantees that you will be successful, in which case you can always revert to plan A.

Good luck!

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