Permanent resident status, often referred to as "having your green card," is not a lifetime status. It must be renewed periodically, similar to a driver's license. The normal timeline for renewal is every 10 years. Read this to learn how to renew a green card if you are a permanent resident living in the United States and your 10-year limit is coming up.
Start the renewal process six months before your green card expires. Starting the process 6 months before your green card expires is the fastest way to renew and will give USCIS plenty of time to process your application. You can find the expiration date on your current green card. If you are trying to replace a lost or missing green card, the application process and paperwork is the same.
The following list explains the basic steps of the renewal process for most applicants. This is an approximate amount of time provided. However, this time-frame may vary depending on your situation.
Approximately 1 to 3 weeks after you file
You receive your application receipt from the USCIS.
Approximately 3 to 5 weeks after you file
You receive your appointment notice for biometrics.
Approximately 5 to 8 weeks after you file
Go to your biometrics appointment.
Approximately 5 to 6 months after you file
You receive your new Green Card!
If you need to renew your green card, you basically have the 3 options. You can hire an immigration attorney, fill out the paperwork yourself, or use SimpleCitizen. SimpleCitizen is an online tool that helps you fill out your entire application (All USCIS forms and supporting documents). We'll walk you through every step of the process so that everything is filled out correctly and ready to file.
After you complete the application process, SimpleCitizen will even print, assemble, and ship your application to your address. Once you receive your application, all you have to do is sign the forms and mail it to USCIS. We even attach detailed instructions explaining where and how to send it.
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The following are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about Green Card renewal applications and the Form I-90. For more help, visit SimpleCitizen's Immigration Forum to post your question and learn more about renewing your Green Card.
Click here to take the eligibility quiz to find out if you are eligible to renew your green card.
If you have any questions about the application process or how to get started, click on the little chat icon in the bottom right hand of the screen to chat with SimpleCitizen support. If you would like to have a consultation with an immigration attorney let us know, and we will connect you with a licensed immigration attorney. You can also email us anytime with your question to: [email protected]
It costs $198 to prepare a completed Form I-90 Green Card renewal application online with SimpleCitizen. This service fee includes the printing and shipping of your application and automatic text message or email updates of your status until your new Green Card arrives. You also have the option to pay an additional $99 to have your application reviewed by a licensed immigration attorney to make sure you did not make any mistakes in your application. Click here to start your application with SimpleCitizen.
This is a common question, but no, your status as a lawful permanent resident will not be affected if you do not renew your green card. However, you will face difficulty proving your status as a lawful permanent resident, getting employment, renetering the U.S. after foreign travel, and so forth. Besides, you are required by law to carry valid evidence of your immigration status - and an expired green card is not considered valid evidence.
You should submit your application within the six months leading up to your green card's expiration. That will give USCIS time to process the application.
Removing conditions on permanent residence based on a marriage:
Your permanent residence status is conditional if it is based on a marriage that was less than 2 years old on the day you were given permanent residence. Your status is conditional, because you must prove that you did not get married to evade the immigration laws in the United States. To remove these conditions, you must file Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence.
Renewing a 10-year Green Card:
If you are a legal permanent resident with a 10 year green card, you should submit your application within the six months leading up to your green card's expiration. You must complete and submit the Form I-90. Click here to prepare your application with SimpleCitizen.
Of course! As always, every USCIS form is available to download from USCIS's website. Warning: Do not pay any other website to download the forms. There are several scams online that try to sell these forms. Only download them directly from USCIS if you are going to prepare your application yourself. Note: Preparing yourself does not include any of the benefits of applying with SimpleCitizen listed above (attorney review, document translation, printing, etc.).
If your Green Card renewal application is denied, you will receive a letter that will tell you why the application was denied. You will not be allowed to appeal a negative decision. However, you may submit a motion to reopen or a motion to reconsider with the same office that made the denial. By filing this motion, you are asking the USCIS office to reexamine or reconsider the decision.
Our mission is to help our customers through the entire immigration process. We'll be there for you every step of the way, from getting your green card, to eventually becoming a United States Citizen. If you have any questions at any time, you can chat directly with SimpleCitzien support or schedule a consultation with a licensed immigration attorney. Learn more about SimpleCitizen's track record of helping immigrants on our success stories page here.