A green card, also known as a Permanent Resident Card, is proof of your status as a resident of the United States. Your green card remains valid for 10 years, so if you are staying in the U.S. for an extended period of time, it is important to ensure you renew it before it expires. While an expired green card doesn’t mean you have lost your U.S. residency, you will need an updated version to prove your ability to work and live in the U.S. lawfully.
The Law Office of Robert D. Ahlgren and Associates, P.C assists clients in immigration-related matters. Below, we review the typical steps to renewing your green card. If you need guidance specifically related to your case, contact our Chicago immigration attorneys for a consultation.
In order to renew a green card, individuals often need to complete Form I-90, which is formally known as the “Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card.” This process can be done through the mail or online. If you are filling out Form I-90 online, you will need to create a USCIS online account and upload the necessary evidence, which may include your current green card. If sending the application by mail, you will need to provide a photocopy of your green card. In both cases, you may need to pay government fees as well.
If your renewal application was accepted, the USCIS will send you a notification by mail. This letter will provide a receipt number that allows you to review your application’s status. Additionally, the USCIS will provide an identical notification through your online account, where it can easily be accessed.
After the USCIS has received your application, you will be notified of a scheduled time for your biometrics appointment, which generally occurs within 1 to 2 weeks. During this appointment, you will provide a photo, signature and fingerprints, as well as additional information or documents to finish the renewal process. You’ll need to respond by the indicated deadline, so if you have any questions about this process, discuss them with your immigration attorney.
Generally, the green card renewal process is straightforward, especially if you work alongside our attorneys. It is unlikely that you will come across any complications; however, certain provisions may cause the USCIS to deny an application. Such instances include: if the applicant committed a crime, did not pay their taxes or fabricated information in the application. It is possible to submit a motion for the USCIS to revise their decision, so seek legal guidance at the soonest opportunity.
A green card is an important part of protecting your U.S. residency. If your green card’s expiration date is approaching, the Law Office of Robert D. Ahlgren and Associates, P.C. is prepared to assist you with the renewal application process. Contact our knowledgeable legal team to discuss your specific case.
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