Earlier than 1989, after you were given your permanent resident card it continued to be valid forever. Sadly, following 1989, green cards remained valid only for ten years. If you’ve got one of those old LPR (“Lawful Permanent Resident”) cards, you have to renew your green card before its expiration. Should you have an old green card, you have to renew it due to the fact that the prior versions aren’t good any more. The process is quite easy once you learn all the steps.
Why do I have to renew my green card? The green card proves you’re a lawful resident of the U.S. Once it is expired, you will not have legal proof you’re authorized to live in the U.S.A. This will cause you problems. You will experience difficulty re-entering the U.S. when you leave the country and you will also have difficulty keeping your current job or getting a new one because the green card is your work permit.
When do I need to renew the green card? You must renew this green card half a year before its expiration. Nevertheless, you’ll be able to renew the green card at any point during the half year before its expiration.
What do I do in the event that my green card is already expired? It’s preferable to renew a green card before its expiration, nevertheless, if you failed to remember or perhaps you failed to realize it was going to expire, don’t get worried! You’ll still be allowed to renew it, plus there’s no penalty – there’s no additional fee to do this. You’ll get a brand new temporary green card you’ll use.
How does one renew their green card? You must get a copy of Form I-90, “Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card.” You can obtain a copy of the I-90 form at your nearest U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (U.S.C.I.S.) office or you can go ahead and download it right now at no cost at http://www.immigrationamerica.org from home. Fill out the application meticulously and be sure you double-check to make sure there aren’t any mistakes. Be sure to affix a copy of the old green card plus include all other documents you could need (for instance a copy of your marriage license and/or court forms in the event that your name has been changed). After that, send your application to U.S.C.I.S. and then just wait. You will receive directions advising you you must go to your closest U.S.C.I.S.office to perform your biometrics in addition to getting your new permanent resident card. Biometrics is nothing more than your photo and some fingerprints. Be sure to take your passport with you, plus a few additional passport photos in case it turns out that you must provide them!
How much will I have to pay to renew my green card? Right now it costs $365 to renew a green card, and you have to send it along with the Form I-90 you’re sending. You may also have to pay yet another $85 to include the cost of biometrics. All of the costs should be paid with a money order or a check written out to the “U.S. Department of Homeland Security.”
How will my application be affected if I happen to be outside the U.S.? In the event that you’re coming back before the green card expires, simply wait until your return home, then mail in the documents. In case you didn’t leave yet, however, you recognize you won’t come back prior to the green card’s expiration, mail in your renewal application, and then go pick up your new temporary green card before heading out. If it happens that you failed to renew the green card before going and it will expire, speak to the nearest U.S. Consulate, U.S.C.I.S. office, or U.S. entry port, and then abide by with their instructions
when you send in your I-90.
Exactly what will I be able to do if my temporary card is about to expire and I still didn’t get a new green card? Just go to the nearest U.S.C.I.S. office and ask for another copy of a temporary green card which you can use until your actual green card arrives.
How do I figure out the status of the green card renewal request? In the first place, you will require a receipt number. Next, you should search for a “My Case Status” weblink on the U.S.C.I.S. website (www.uscis.gov) and you type in your number there. Whenever you have a question, you can easily phone 1-800-375-5283 to talk to U.S.C.I.S. customer service.
What do I do if the green card renewal request is denied? You are unable to appeal the rejection of the request to renew your green card. Nonetheless, you’ll be able to mail in a motion to reconsider or reopen with the U.S.C.I.S.office which denied it. Motions to reconsider have to demonstrate that an immigration policy or an immigration law wasn’t appropriately used. Motions to reopen have to include new information plus evidence of it.
Where is it possible to download the Form I-90 I must have to be able to renew a green card? You’ll find the form totally free at http://www.immigrationamerica.org