To renew your Green Card, you may file Form I-90, with the USCIS.
A Green Card typically has a 10-year validity. Some Green Cards could have a 2-year validity. These 2 year Green Cards are conditional Green Cards which need to be converted to a 10 year Green Card. This process is called removing conditions on residence.
But 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.
10 years is a long period of time and 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 its expiring let’s continue. This article is also helpful to you if your Green Card is already expired. So keep reading.
When to renew your 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. But that doesn’t strip you of your permanent residency status. Since your status is not changed you might not be tempted to renew it but renewing a Green Card has other benefits than just the permanent residency status. So you cannot just 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. Trying to renew your Green Card which doesn’t expire in the next 6 months could lead to rejection. 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.
How to renew your Green Card?
To renew your Green Card you may file Form I-90 with the USCIS.
The filing process might differ based on your immigration status. If you are in the United States then the process is straight forward. If you are outside the U.S. then the process might change. Don’t worry we have covered every possible scenario.
But before we move on to the process we would like to tell you more about our software which can help you prepare your Form I-90.
Form I-90 consists of 7 pages and 13 more pages of instructions to help you fill it.
Typically immigration forms are complex and confusing and it applies to Form I-90 as well. Simple mistakes can prove to be a big deal.
Mistakes could lead to rejection or sometimes denials 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. But only 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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