Usually applying for Citizenship is no less than 6 months* prior to the Green Card expiration date, however is there anything that I can do to avoid paying $450.00 (green card renewal) for nothing, since I won't need the Green Card, once my Citizenship application gets approved in less or 6 months from now??
*Financial issue, not negligence, is the reason why I didn't apply for Citizenship earlier.
The USCIS understands that this happens, and have provided for it. Once the N-400 has been filed, and you have received the I-797 Receipt Notice, make an InfoPass appointment at your local USCIS office; use the "speak with an officer" choice. Bring your passport, your green card, your Receipt Notice with you, along with two copies of each. My experience has been that once you have the proof of filing (the Receipt Notice), your passport can be stamped with a "temporary green card" endorsement which is normally valid for a one-year period.
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