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Get Your Green Card Renewed Before it Expires

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About Green Card Renew

A green card is a legal authorization to permanently live and work in the United States. Typically an unconditional green card is valid for ten years, while a conditional green card comes with two years of validity

If a green card is expired or expiring within the next six months, it’s high time to renew it. Although failing to renew Green Card on time does not strip anyone of their permanent residency status, it’s best to apply for Green Card renewal before it expires. Form I-90 is used to file Green Card renewal. If you’re renewing your Green Card after ten years, you are likely eligible to apply for U.S. citizenship.

The purpose of Form I-90 is not limited to Green Card renewal; rather, it can be used to apply for green card replacement as well. If a Green Card is lost, stolen, mutilated, or unusable for various reasons before expiration, one can File I-90 to get a replacement for an unexpired Green Card.

Eligibility to Apply for Green Card Renewal

The eligibility requirements to apply for Green Card renewal or replacement are pretty simple. Here’s a complete eligibility checklist to clearly understand whether you’re eligible or not.

You are most likely to be eligible to renew or replace your Green Card only if:

  1. You are a Lawful Permanent Resident and your Green Card
    1. has already expired;
    2. is about to expire within six months;
    3. is of an older version that has no expiration date
    4. was damaged, lost, mutilated, or stolen;
    5. was supposed to be sent to you but never arrived;
    6. has a conditional status that has to be removed;
    7. contains wrong or older biographical information.
  2. You have not committed a severe crime
  3. You paid your federal taxes
  4. You haven’t stayed abroad for more than 12 months
  5. You have a commuter status and now resettling in the U.S

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Required Documents to Renew Green Card

In order to file a Green Card renewal or replacement application, some supporting documents are required with Form I-90.

If you’re renewing the card, you’ll need only:

  1. A copy of expired or soon-to-expire green card would suffice

If you’re replacing the card, you’ll need to submit:

  1. A copy of the damaged, lost or stolen card
  2. Proof of valid government-issued ID such as a passport or driver’s license

If USCIS makes a mistake on your Green Card, you have to attach:

  1. The original Green Card
  2. A copy of your birth or marriage certificate with correct information

If you legally change your name or other biographical information, you must provide:

  1. An affidavit or court order on the decision
  2. A copy of your new birth or marriage certificate with the updated information
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Frequently Asked Questions

To file I-90, File My Visa fee is&.., USCIS fee is $455, and biometrics fee is $85 only.

Usually, green card renewal or replacement doesn’t require an interview.

It takes about 7 to 11 months to renew a permanent resident card.

You are a conditional resident. You will need to file Form I-751 to remove the conditions of your residence 90 days before the card expires.

You’ll need to fill out Form I-912, aka Request for Fee Waiver, to waive the fee for Form I-90.

Neglecting to renew your green card could affect future visa applications, lead to possible removal or deportation proceedings, lead to issues when getting employment or reentering the U.S. after foreign travel, or create additional problems when filing with USCIS.

No. You must be present in the United States to file a renewal or replacement petition Form I-90.

Not legally. All newly hired employees must sign a completed I-9 form before their first day at work. Lawful permanent residents need to have a valid and unexpired green card as part of this document.

A green card renewal or replacement application may be denied for several reasons. These reasons include but are not limited to

  1. Committing severe crime that leads to deportation
  2. Lying on the application
  3. Being ordered by the U.S. government to leave the U.S.
  4. Filing the wrong forms or attaching the wrong supporting documents.
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