How To Renew Your Green Card
This guide gives you basic information on how to renew your green card and what forms to complete for the renewal process. It is not a substitute for legal advice. Every applicant's situation is different and may warrant additional review and a consultation with an experienced immigration attorney.
When Should You Renew Your Green CardA legal Permanent Resident should renew their green card (Form I-551) every 10 years.
If you are a permanent resident whose 10-year green card has expired or will expire within 6 months of the expiration date, you may begin the renewal process by filing Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card.
Note: If you have an old version of a Green Card, for example USCIS Form AR-3, Form AR-103 or Form I-151, you must replace it with a current green card version, Form I-551.
If your Green Card does not have any expiration date on the front, then you have a very old version. Most old versions are no longer valid. Therefore, if your Green Card does not have an expiration date, the USCIS strongly recommends that you replace it with the newer version.
How Do You Renew Your Green Card If You Are Outside the United States?If you are outside the United States and your green card will expire within 6 months but you will return to the United States within 1 year of your departure AND before the card expires, you should file for your renewal card as soon as you return to the United States.
If you are outside of the United States when the card expires, and you have not applied for the renewal card prior to your departure, you should contact the nearest U.S. Consulate, USCIS office, or U.S. port of entry before attempting to file Form I-90 for a renewal green card.
How Do You Appeal If Your Application Is Denied?If your I-90 application is denied, you will receive a letter from the USCIS stating why the application was rejected. You will not be allowed to appeal a negative decision but what you can do is submit a motion to reopen or a motion to reconsider with the same office that denied your application. By filing this a motion, you are asking the USCIS office to reexamine or reconsider its decision.
A motion to reopen MUST provide new facts that will shed new light on your reopened case and in addition, you must include the appropriate documentation. A motion to reconsider must show that the decision to deny your application was based on the incorrect application of law or immigration policy towards the I-90 that you filed.
What Do You Do If You Are A Conditional Permanent Resident and Your Green Card is About to Expire?If your Green Card is valid for only 2 years, then you are a conditional resident.
DO NOT use Form I-90 if you are a conditional resident and your Conditional Green Card is about to expire. Instead, you are required to file Form I-751, Petition to Remove the Conditions on Residence, to remove those conditions within 90 days of your card expiring.
If your conditional status was based on being an investor or entrepreneur, you must file Form I-829, Petition by Entrepreneur to Remove Conditions on Permanent Resident Status.
Once your petition is approved, you will be sent a new Permanent Resident Card valid for 10 years. And then you may file Form I-90 to renew your Green Card when your card has expired or will expire within 6 months of the expiration date.
it is important to keep your card up-to-date. If you have an expired Green Card, that is considered an invalid card. And if you are carrying an invalid Green Card, it may be difficult for you to prove that you are a permanent resident. This may affect your ability to travel or to prove that you are eligible to work in the United States.