What is the period of required validity of the passport 6 months, 1 year? Say if you are applying for a green card now and the passport expires in December this year, is that sufficient time for the green card to be processed?
It is always advisable to maintain a valid passport.
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If you are applying for a green card in the United States (I-485), you are not required to have a valid unexpired passport. You should, however, have some form of government-issued photo ID. Of course, having a valid unexpired passport is a good idea. But it is not required.
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You don't need a valid passport to get a green card, but it is advisable to have it. You're going to need some form of unexpired photo ID when you go USCIS for your interview.
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