Been in the US since 1987, legal resident since 2002. My resident card expire in 2012, Am I illegal now. Applying 4 citizen now.

Asked over 1 year ago - Miami, FL

I thought my card would expire in 2015.Am I in risk of deportation if stop?

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  1. Mark Robert Barr

    Contributor Level 16


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    Answered . No, you do not become illegal once your card expires. You will remain a lawful permanent resident. That status can only be take from you through an order of removal, voluntary relinquishment, abandonment, or naturalization.

    You simply won't have proof of your status.

    Take me, for example. I'm a native born U.S. citizen. I have a birth certificate to prove it. If I lose my birth certificate, I don't lose my status, I just don't have a convenient way of showing it.

    Same with you, right now. You're a green card holder with an expired green card. Your card expired, but your status didn't.

  2. Mary Kathleen Neal

    Contributor Level 15


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    Answered . The date on the green card is just the date that the card itself expires. Your status as a permanent residnet does not end, you just can't rely on the old card for travel etc. This does not put your citizenship application in danger.

    Law Office of Mary K. Neal | || 773-681-1335 This answer is... more
  3. J Charles Ferrari

    Contributor Level 20


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    Answered . The expiration of the card has no effect on your status.

    J Charles Ferrari Eng & Nishimura 213.622.2255 The statement above is general in nature and does not... more
  4. Jesus Novo III

    Contributor Level 14

    Answered . Your card expired, not your status. Of course if you need to travel, get a new driver's license, or obtain employment, they will not accept an expired card as proof of your status.

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