REPLACING OR RENEWING PERMANENT RESIDENT CARD (GREEN CARD)
Green Card Renewal is a very important process for Lawful Permanent Residents. Green Cards are valid for 10 years period only. Although the card has an expiration date, the Permanent Resident status of a person never expires.
The reason for this is because once an individual has been given a Permanent Resident status, it is never taken away not unless the person voluntarily gives it up or acts in a way that may be contrary to the purpose of a green card.
The Green Card is an official documentation of the status and may be used as an identification card. That is why it is most important to always keep your card up-to-date because an expired green card makes it only difficult for you to prove that you are a Permanent Resident which may affect your ability to travel or to prove your eligibility to work in the United States.
- Online E-Filing Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card
- Filing a paper Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card by mail
Application for a replacement Permanent Resident Card must be made under the following circumstances:(A Lawful Permanent Resident needs to request a Green Card Replacement before the current card expires.)
- A Permanent Resident, whose Permanent Resident Card (Green Card) expired;
- A Permanent Resident, whose Permanent Resident Card (Green Card) will expire within six months;
- A Permanent Resident, whose Permanent Resident Card (Green Card) was lost, stolen, destroyed or mutilated;
- A Permanent Resident, whose Permanent Resident Card (Green Card) does not have an expiration date;
- A Permanent Resident, whose Permanent Resident Card (Green Card) is incorrect;
- A Permanent Resident, who changed his/her name and still has an old name on the Permanent Resident Card (Green Card);
- A Permanent Resident that never received their original Permanent Resident Card (Green Card) after being approved for such a card;
- A Permanent Resident that turned 14 years after receiving his/her Permanent Resident Card (Green Card).
Also Read Differentiating Between U.S. Citizenship and a U.S. Green Card
The new versions of the Permanent Resident Card (Green Card) have expiration dates on them. Mostly, ten years after the card has been issued. On the other hand, older versions of the Permanent Resident Card (Green Card) that do not have expiration dates, expired on March 20, 1996. The Green Card’s expiration has no bearing on the alien’s continued permanent residence.
Warning to Conditional Permanent Residents:
An alien that was granted conditional permanent residence status (for two years) is not the same as an alien that has an expiring Permanent Resident Card (Green Card). Persons with conditional permanent residence status will lose permanent resident status if the condition is not removed, resulting to becoming illegal.
Renewing Process When Outside of the United States:
- If you are outside the United States and you green card will expire within 6 months, but you will return within one year of your departure from the U.S, you should file for you renewal card as soon as you return to the United States,before the card expires.
- If you are outside the United States when the card expires and you have not applied for the renewal card prior to your departure, you should contact the nearest U.S. Consulate, USCIS office, or U.S. Port entry before attempting to file Form I-90 for green card renewal.
These are the versions of Green Card that are no longer valid:
- USCIS Form AR-3
- USCIS Form AR-103
- USCIS Form I-151
- $ 350.00 attorney’s fees
- $ 450.00 USCIS filing fee for the main petition
Documents Required for Application
The original expiring or expired LPR card. If the card was lost, stolen or damaged, bring a valid government issued ID, such as driver’s license, state issued picture ID card, or passport.
Do not bring photographs. These will be taken at the appointment.
Replacing a Permanent Resident Card (Green Card) with Biographic Data Changed
An individual may file for a new permanent resident card if any biographic data has been legally changed. In this case, needed documents include a copy of the court order, marriage certificate, or divorce decree. To replace a card due to a change of any other biographical data, submit copies of official documentation to support the change.
To Correct a Permanent Resident Card (Green Card):
Complete Form I-90 Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card
- If the error was the fault of USCIS, the individual does NOT have to pay the filing fee. If the error was the individual’s fault, he/she DOES need to pay the fee.
- If the error was the fault of USCIS, then on the I-90 form, under Part 2, Section A, the applicant should mark answer “D” as the reason for filing.
- If the applicant is a conditional permanent resident under Part 2, Section B, the applicant should mark answer “D” as reason for filling. The applicant should attach the incorrect permanent resident card (green card) to the I-90 and if possible, a photocopy of the original application the applicant submitted which had the correct information on it (as proof that the original documentation was correct), or other documents that support the claim.
To Replace an Incorrect, Lost, Stolen, Destroyed, or Mutilated (Damaged) Naturalization Certificate or Certificate of Citizenship:
Complete Form N-565 Application for Replacement Naturalization/Citizenship Document
- For lost, stolen or destroyed certificates, check answer “A” in Part 2, Question 2 and explain how the certificate was lost, stolen or destroyed.
- If the certificate is mutilated, check answer “B”.
- If applying because of a name change, answer “C” and submit the original certificate and a copy of the marriage certificate, divorce decree, or court order showing the name change.
Include Additional Documents:
- Original incorrect or mutilated certificate.
- Original certificate and a copy of the marriage certificate, divorce decree, or court order showing the name change.
Include the Filing Fee.
Alternative: File for U.S. Citizenship
If you are eligible to apply for a U.S. citizenship, you may apply for a citizenship application instead of renewing your green-card. The USCIS does not mind if you carry around an expired green-card as long as you have the N-400 Application for Naturalization.
If the applicant needs to change jobs, or travel outside the U.S. though, renewing his/her green-card would probably be more practical to show the permanent residence status.
Take Help From an Immigration Lawyer for Renewing Permanent Residence Card
Green card is a very important legal document for lawful permanent residence in the USA which is valid for 10 years and its renewal process is very complicated.
If you are facing problem in renewing your permanent residence card (green card), then You need to hire an immigration lawyer.
At Gambacorta Law Offices, we are ready to help you. Contact Our Offices if you have any immigration issues.