How do I renew my green card?

What are the reasons for replacing a green card?

You will need to replace your green card if:
•Your previous card was lost, stolen, mutilated/damaged or destroyed
•Your card was issued to you before you were 14 and you have reached your 14th birthday (unless your card expires before your 16th birthday)

•You have been a commuter and are now taking up actual residence in the United States
•You have been a permanent resident residing in the United States and are now taking up commuter status
•Your status has been automatically converted to permanent resident status (this includes Special Agricultural Worker applicants who are converting to permanent resident status)
•You have a previous version of the alien registration card (e.g., USCIS Form AR-3, Form AR-103 or Form I-151 – all no longer valid to prove your immigration status) and must replace it with a current green card
•Your card has expired
•Your card contains incorrect information
•Your name or other biographic information on the card has been legally changed since you last received your card, or
•You never received the previous card that was issued to you by USCIS

Can I live in the U.S. if my green card expires?

It depends on whether you are still considered to be in lawful immigration status.

If you are a permanent resident, and your card expires, you are still in lawful immigration status and still have a right to live and work in the U.S. but you no longer have a valid evidence of your status.

If you are a conditional permanent resident, you were admitted to the U.S. for a 2 year period and must file the Form I-751 or Form I-829 (whichever applies) or you will automatically lose your conditional permanent resident status when your card expires. As a result, you can be removed from the U.S.

How do I renew my green card?

You should renew your green card by filing the Form I-90 if you are a permanent resident with a green card valid for 10 years that is either expired or will expire within the next 6 months.

You should renew your green card by filing a Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card.

You should renew your green card if you are a permanent resident with a Form I-551 (green card) valid for 10 years and the card is either expired or will expire within the next 6 months.

Note: If you are a conditional resident and your status is expiring, these instructions do not apply to you. In that case, you must use Form I-751, Petition to Remove the Conditions on Residence, to apply to remove the conditions on your permanent resident status.

Do I need to renew my Permanent Resident Card if it doesn’t have an expiration date?

If you have an older versions of a green card, it should be replaced. There are several versions of older cards in existence.

There are a number of Form I-151 versions of green cards. These cards were issued prior to 1977. If your card indicates that it is a Form I-151 version, it is no longer valid. If you have one of these older editions of the permanent resident card, you should apply to replace it.

When should I renew my green card?

You should renew your green card if your card is either expired or will expire within the next 6 months and you are a permanent resident with a Form I-551 valid for 10 years.

Note: If you are a conditional resident and your status is expiring, these instructions do not apply to you. In that case, you must use Form I-751, Petition to Remove the Conditions on Residence, to apply to remove the conditions on your permanent resident status.

Author: Mark

A U.S. immigration lawyer. Legal Services available in Arabic and Russian.

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