To renew your Green Card, you may file Form I-90, with the USCIS.
The typical Green Card has a 10-year validity, while others could have a 2-year validity. These 2 year Green Cards are conditional Green Cards, and eventually, need to be converted to a 10 year Green Card. This process is called removing conditions on residence.
If you have a 10-year Green Card, continue reading this article.
A 10 year Green Card is provided to permanent residents as proof of their immigration status. So, it needs to be renewed every ten years. It can be difficult to keep track of such a long period of time, so use our green card expiration reminder service and get notified when it’s time to renew your green card.
During the 10 years of validity, it’s almost impossible to not lose nor damage your Green Card. If your card is lost, stolen, or damaged long before the expiration date then you can replace it. This process is called Green Card Replacement.
Assuming that you have a 10 year Green Card and it is about to expire, let’s continue. This article is also helpful to you if your Green Card has already expired. So keep reading!
When should I renew my Green Card?
It is always the best idea to renew your Green Card before it expires. However, life happens and you could miss renewing it on time. Fortunately, failing to renew it on time does not strip you of your permanent residency status. Since your status is not changed you might not be tempted to renew it. However, renewing a Green Card has other benefits than just the permanent residency status. It is unwise to let it expire.
According to U.S. law, you are always required to carry a valid Green Card. Failing to do so could be difficult to prove the authorities about your immigration status as a lawful permanent resident. It could also lead to issues when getting employment, reentering the U.S. after foreign travel, and more.
You should renew your Green Card if it is expired or will expire in the next 6 months. If you try to renew your Green Card before this six-month period, your application to renew it could be rejected. So it is best to renew only if your card expires in the next 6 months or it is already expired.
Since you are renewing your Green Card after 10 years it might be possible that you are eligible to apply for U.S. citizenship. You can check our free basic citizenship eligibility quiz to get an idea.
If you are not interested in becoming a U.S. citizen then continue reading to learn how to renew your Green Card.
The process to renew your Green Card
The filing process might differ based on your immigration status. If you are in the United States then the process is straightforward. If you are outside the U.S. then the process might change. Don’t worry we have covered every possible scenario.
To renew your Green Card, you have to fill out Form I-90. Form I-90 consists of 7 pages and 13 more pages of instructions to help you fill it.
Immigration forms are typically complex and confusing, and Form I-90 is no different. Simple mistakes can prove to have big consequences
Mistakes could lead to denials, rejection, and you could lose the filing fee. Then you might have to go through the process again and also pay the filing fees once more.
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Now onto the process of Green Card Renewal.
If you are in the United States and your Green Card is expired or will expire in the next 6 months then you may start the renewal process by filing Form I-90 with the USCIS.
If you are traveling outside the United States and your card will expire in the next 6 months, you may file Form I-90 with the USCIS as soon as you return to the United States. You can only do this if you are returning to the U.S. before the card expires.
If you are traveling outside the United States and your card expires in the next 6 months and you cannot return to the United States before it expires, then you should contact the nearest U.S. Consulate, USCIS office, or U.S. port of entry before attempting to file Form I-90 for a renewal of Green Card.
What is the cost of Green Card Renewal?
When you file Form I-90 you need to pay the filing fees. The filing fee for the purpose of renewing a Green Card is $540 which includes the Form I-90 filing fee of $455 and an $85 biometrics fee.
How long does it take to renew your Green Card?
Currently, it takes about 7 to 11 months to renew your Green Card.
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