A Green Card or a Permanent Resident Card is valid for ten years. You’ll need to renew your card if this time has elapsed. A valid Green Card is essential to show your employer or customs officials at the border or airport that you have a lawful permanent resident status in the U.S.
In Which Circumstances Do I Need A Green Card Renewal Application?
There are numerous situations under which you’ll be required to renew or replace your expired green card; they include:
Your Green Card has reached its expiration date.
Your Green Card expiration date or the end of its validity is in the next six months.
Your Permanent Resident Card is an old version.
Your Green Card got lost.
Your Green Card has errors or incorrect information.
You have a different name or changed your gender after getting your current Green Card.
You got your Green Card before reaching 14 years old, and you’ve reached 14
Green Card Renewal Application Process
The green card renewal process will depend on the reason for the replacement. There are three types of Green Card replacements:
1. You will be required to file Form I-90 with USCIS for Permanent Resident Card if your 10-year valid Green Card expires- you can start the filing process six months before the expiration of your card.
2. You’ll need to file Form I-751 to remove your permanent residence conditions. If you have a marriage-based Green Card with a 2-year conditional status – you can start the filing process 90 days before the expiration of your card.
3. You’re required to file I-829. If you have a Green Card based on investment with a 2-year conditional status-you can start the filing process 90 days before the expiration of your card.
If your current Permanent Resident Card has expired and you need to renew, there are two methods you can use: file online or use paper forms and send them via mail.
To renew a Green Card online, you must create an account with the USCIS and fill out Form I-90. Then upload any documents that are necessary for your application.
You can send via the U.S. Postal Service or through FedEx, DHL, or UPS. If you are applying through the mail, then a Form I-90 must be completed and sent with supporting documents. This includes any money orders or checks needed as well.
Below are the following steps are involved in the Green Card renewal process:
1. Complete the Green Card renewal form (Form I-90).
2. Gather all the required documents.
3. Pay the necessary filing fees.
4. Submit your petition to USCIS.
5. You will get a receipt notice called a “Notice of Action” (Form I-797) which will act as proof that you’re a Green Card holder as you wait for your new card.
6. Form I-797 letter also has a “receipt number,” which is necessary to check your online application status.
7. You will receive a biometrics appointment notice from USCIS to take your photo, signature, and fingerprints.
8.Wait for a new Green Card
Is There An Interview For Green Card Renewal?
Under normal situations, you will not be required to undergo a Green Card renewal interview. This is because the government will assume that your data, such as your residence, marital status, or job, remain the same.
However, there are situations where you may be required to attend another interview when it’s time to replace your Green Card. They include:
You almost failed your first interview
You had a marriage-based Green Card
You were randomly chosen for an interview
You recently switched jobs, divorced, or changed your status
You had been convicted or arrested. Small crimes such as DUIs or parking tickets may not get you deported, but more serious crimes such as illegal drugs, even those associated with DUIs, could lead to deportation.
Documents Needed For Your Green Card Renewal
Passport Or Equivalent
You will need any government-issued form such as a driver’s license, passport, or military service I.D.
You should present a birth certificate or evidence of a changed name.
Evidence For Issuance Of A Green Card
You’ll need to show a copy of “Notice of Action” or your latest Form I-797.
Copies Of Documents
Always prepare copies of your documents unless USCIS instructs you to bring original copies during the Green Card renewal process.
You must have a certified translator who is required to translate your documents if they’re written in a foreign language.
Why Choose Our Law Firm?
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