Since there is currently no option for premium processing of an EB-2 national interest waiver petition, and there is an immigration backlog at USCIS service centers, by the time you adjust your status to a green card, your once little kids could now be preteens.
Therefore, if your child was in early elementary school when you filed your Form I-140, and then it took 2 ½ years to get your EB-2 NIW petition approved, adjust status, and then receive your green cards for you and your family, there may soon be a need to replace the green card for one or more of your offspring. Fortunately, replacing a green card is fairly simple, and it begins with Form I-90.
What is a Form I-90?
An I-90 form is called an Application to Renew or Replace Permanent Resident Card. According to USCIS, some of the reasons for replacing a green card that might be applicable to an I-140 beneficiary or derivative child include:
Replacing a Green Card after Age 14
Young lawful permanent residents must replace their green card after they turn 14, unless their green card expires before they will turn 16. That means the child of an approved EB2 NIW recipient who adjusts their status at a young age might need to replace their green card when they reach high school.
Generally, the I-90 can be submitted to USCIS online after creating an account or by mail, FedEx, DHL, or UPS to the Phoenix Service Center. However, green card holders who are applying for a waiver of the filing fee are not permitted to file the I-90 online.
Avoiding fraud by making sure a communication came from USCIS
Some fraudulent actors have been known to send fake emails to green card holders to invite them to renew or replace their permanent resident card via a Form I-90. Although the USCIS does sometimes contact persons with LPR status via email or text, it is important to check the communication to make sure it is authentic.
Emails and texts from the USCIS about the Form I-90 should include links ending in .gov that take you directly to the USCIS website. Otherwise, the message may be an immigration scam.
Ask your EB-2 NIW Attorney
Most EB-2 NIW green card attorneys keep an eye on the ages of the children of their approved clients who adjust status and receive green cards. However, when a child nears the age of 14, it is prudent to contact the immigration lawyer about replacing their green card if necessary.
The other option is to create a USCIS account and complete Form I-90 for your teenager yourself. If you are not sure about whether filing to replace the green card applies to your family, you can contact the EB2 NIW lawyer who filed your case with USCIS.