What are the repercussions for failing to keep my green card updated?

Asked almost 2 years ago - Huntington Beach, CA

I was issued a green card many, many, years ago. I believe it's been about 25 yrs ago. I am now 39 yrs old. I never bothered to look @ it @ simultaneously have never looked into applying for citizenship (which I know I should have done by now). With that said, I'm a little afraid of what may happen for lack of keeping up with it. I have 3 children, all born here in the US, plus my wife. But we are currently separated and eventually going thru a divorce. I did make an appointment with local INS office. Will I be ok?

Attorney answers (3)

  1. J Charles Ferrari

    Contributor Level 20

    Answered . Not being able to prove that you are a legal permanent resident.

    J Charles Ferrari Eng & Nishimura 213.622.2255 The statement above is general in nature and does not... more
  2. Christian Schmidt

    Contributor Level 19


    Lawyer agrees

    Answered . You can either apply for citizenship or file an application for a current green card. You should consult about the matter with an immigration attorney if you have had any arrests or convictions in the past.

  3. Myron Russell Morales


    Contributor Level 16

    Answered . You can apply for the new card by filing an I-90 with the USCIS. You have not lost your status as that has to be formally taken away by the government or you have to renounce it at a US consulate abroad.

    Myron R. Morales, Attorney
    Morales PLLC

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