How to Renew Your Green Card

A green card, also known as a permanent residency card, allows you to work and live permanently in the United States. However, green cards are only valid for ten years, and while your permanent residency status won’t expire, your green card will.

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How to Renew Your Green Card

If your green card is expired or if it’s about to expire, it’s time to get it renewed. Failing to renew your green card can make it difficult to prove your citizenship status, making it hard to get employment or reenter the U.S. after traveling internationally. On top of that, you’re legally required to carry a valid ID that proves your residency status, and an expired green card won’t count.

If you’re wondering how to renew a green card, we’re here to help. Throughout this post, we’ll go over the green card renewal process so that you can complete the application successfully. If you have any questions throughout, our immigration law attorneys at Consumer Law Group are here to help.

When to Renew Your Green Card

If you’re a permanent resident in the U.S., you should renew your green card if it’s expired or is about to expire within six months. While some green cards don’t contain an expiration date, most are only valid for ten years. If you’ve reached this point or are about to, it’s time to begin the permanent resident card renewal process.

However, there are certain scenarios where you might have to renew your green card sooner. If your green card is only valid for two years, it means you’re a conditional resident. If you fall under this category, you will need to file a petition to remove the conditions within 90 days before your conditional green card expires. Additionally, if your child received a green card before the age of 14, they will also need to replace their card when they turn 14 years old.

Lastly, if any of your personal information, such as your address, has changed or if your green card was lost, stolen, or damaged, you will need to get a replacement.

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Eligibility Criteria

In order to renew your green card, you need to meet certain eligibility criteria. As previously stated, there are two types of residency: permanent residency and conditional residency.

A lawful permanent resident is allowed to live and work permanently in the United States and is issued a valid green card for ten years. A conditional permanent resident is also allowed to live and work permanently in the United States but is given a green card that is only valid for two years. In most cases, conditional permanent residencies are given when a marriage is less than two years old to ensure an immigrant didn’t get married just to evade U.S. immigration laws.

Below are the eligibility criteria for both permanent residents and conditional permanent residents.

Permanent Residents

  • Your green card has expired or is about to expire in the next six months;
  • Your old card was misplaced, stolen, mutilated, or destroyed;
  • You received your card before the age of 14 and have now turned 14 (unless your card expires before the age of 16);
  • You’ve been a commuter for a while and are now taking up actual residence in the United States;
  • You have been a permanent resident of the United States and are now taking up commuter status;
  • Your status has been automatically transferred to permanent resident status (this involves special agricultural worker applicants transitioning to permanent resident status);
  • You have an older version of the Alien Registration Card (for example, USCIS Form AR-3, Form AR-103, or Form I-151, which are no longer valid) that must be replaced with a new green card to prove your immigration status;
  • The information on your card is incorrect;
  • You have legally changed your name or other biographic information since you last received your card; or
  • The previous card USCIS sent you was never delivered.

Conditional Permanent Residents

  • Your old card was lost, stolen, mutilated, or destroyed;
  • The information on your card is incorrect;
  • Since you last received your passport, you have legally changed your name or other biographic information since you last received your card; or
  • The previous card USCIS sent you was never delivered.

How to File

Once you’ve determined whether you’re eligible to renew your green card, let’s go over how to renew a green card. USCIS green card renewal can be done online, by paper, or in person. When renewing your green card, you must fill out Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card (Green Card). Once you complete the application, you’ll be able to file for green card renewal. Here’s how to renew a green card with each method:

File Online

To renew a green card online, follow these steps:

  • Create a USCIS online account, or if you already have an account, sign in
  • Electronically submit evidence and pay fees;
  • Receive case status alerts and a full case history for your case;
  • Communicate with USCIS in a secure and direct manner; and
  • Respond to requests for evidence.

File By Paper

If you prefer communicating through mail, you can also file your I-90 renewal by paper. To do so, follow these steps:

 

Once complete, you can mail your application to the following address:

U.S. Postal Service (USPS):
USCIS
P.O. Box 21262
Phoenix, AZ 85036

FedEx, UPS, and DHL deliveries:
USCIS
Attention: I-90
1820 E. Skyharbor, Circle S, Floor 1
Suite 100
Phoenix, AZ 85034

File In Person

Renewing your green card can be a daunting task, especially since so much may be on the line. If you’re not comfortable renewing your green card yourself, you can seek help from a trusted immigration law attorney. At Consumer Law Group, our immigration lawyers are well-versed in immigration law and can help you throughout the green card renewal process. When working with us, we can create a USCIS account to manage your I-90 application, so you can have peace of mind there won’t be mistakes that lead to a rejection or a loss of your filing fee. To get started, contact us today and review our testimonials to see why our clients choose Consumer Law Group to help them with the immigration process.

How Long Does It Take to Renew a Green Card?

There’s no set time frame for how long it takes to renew a green card. However, most permanent residents find it takes between 7 and 11 months for their green card to get renewed. It’s important to remember that delays can happen if an application has mistakes or missing information, which is why it’s recommended to work with an immigration lawyer to ensure your green card renewal application is completed correctly.

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Green Card Renewal Costs and Forms

Most permanent residents will be required to pay a filing fee when applying for green card renewal. The filing fee for the I-90 application is $455. In some cases, you may be required to take a biometrics test, which will cost an additional $85. The filing fee and biometric services fee are both non-refundable, which is why it’s important to do your due diligence to ensure your application is completed correctly to avoid rejection and loss of your fee. These fees can only be made via check, money orders, or online and should be made payable to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and must be paid in the exact amount.

Additionally, applications must complete Form I-90 with a valid signature. This form will ask for specific information, such as:

  • Your name
  • Your U.S. address
  • The place, date, and country of your birth
  • Alien Registration Number
  • Social Security Number
  • Reason for application
  • Class of admission
  • Date of admission
  • Your parents’ names
  • City of residence where you submitted your application for an immigrant visa or adjustment of status
  • Consulate or USCIS office where your visa was issued or adjusted
  • Copy of your expiring or expired green card
  • Applicable evidence, such as evidence of a name change, address change, etc.

To learn how to renew a green card, contact our immigration lawyers at Consumer Law Group. At Consumer Law Group, we’re dedicated to ensuring your green card renewal application is filled out completely and correctly to help you get approved.

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