What Should I Do if My Green Card is About to Expire?

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Obtaining a green card is a significant milestone for immigrants who wish to build a life here in the United States. After receiving your permanent resident card, planning ahead to meet renewal requirements is crucial, especially if you plan to travel abroad. Please continue reading to learn what you should do if your green card is about to expire and how a trusted Middlesex County, New Jersey, Green Card Lawyer can help guide you through the renewal process. 

When Do I Need to Renew My Green Card?

Firstly, a green card is proof of your permanent resident status in the United States and serves as a valid identification document that demonstrates your eligibility to live and work in the U.S. It’s crucial to keep your card current. Without a valid green card, it won’t be easy to prove that you are indeed a permanent resident, which could affect your ability to travel or even your eligibility to work in the U.S.

While some green cards have no expiration date, most are only valid for ten years. Therefore, you should renew your green card if you were issued a card valid for ten years that has expired or will expire within the next six months. If you have been granted conditional permanent resident status, the permanent resident card is only valid for two years. This means you must file a petition to remove the conditions of your residence before the card expires. You may file this petition 90 days before your conditional permanent resident card expires. It’s essential to remember that if you apply too early, USCIS may deny your application and keep your renewal fee. If your petition is approved, you will receive a new green card, which will be valid for ten years. If your card has no expiration date on the front, you likely have an older version. Green cards issued before 1989 do not have expiration dates. However, most older versions are no longer valid. Even if your permanent resident card has no expiration date, it’s in your best interest to apply to renew it to ensure it remains valid. Ultimately, it’s critical to be mindful of your green card’s expiration date to plan to meet the renewal requirements.

How Do I Renew My Permanent Resident Card?

You must file Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card, to renew your green card. This can be achieved either online or by mail. When you file your application, you must provide supporting documents and pay the government fees, if required. The processing time usually takes one to twelve months and costs around $540.

If you are a green card holder, please don’t hesitate to contact a knowledgeable lawyer from the Law Offices of Aditya Surti, LLC, who can help you take the necessary steps to safeguard your immigration status.

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