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The Ultimate Guide to Green Card Renewals

If you are a permanent resident in the United States, you likely cherish the privileges and opportunities that your green card provides. However, it's important to remember that green cards have expiration dates, and to maintain your lawful permanent resident status, you must timely renew your green card before it expires. In this short blog, we'll cover everything you need to know about green card renewals, including the process, requirements, and tips for a smooth renewal experience.

Understanding Green Card Expiration

A green card typically has a validity of 10 years. Before its expiration date, you must file a renewal application with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to extend your status as a lawful permanent resident. It's essential to start the renewal process well in advance, preferably six months before your green card's expiration, to ensure a seamless continuation of your residency.

Eligibility for Green Card Renewal

To be eligible for a green card renewal, you must meet the following criteria:

  1. Your current green card is either expired or will expire within six months.
  2. You have not abandoned your residence in the United States by living abroad for an extended period of six months or more per year

The Green Card Renewal Process:

  1. Form I-90: The green card renewal application is submitted using USCIS Form I-90. Click on this link to find the application- https://www.uscis.gov/i-90
  2. Gathering Required Documents: You will need to include a copy of your current green card (front and back), and a copy of your passport. In case any of your information has changed, such as a new marriage, divorce, or name change, include supporting documents. It’s as easy as that!
  3. Application Submission: Submit your completed Form I-90 and supporting documents to USCIS along with the appropriate filing fee of $540 ($455 for the application fee and $85 for the biometric fee). Make sure you make a copy of your complete application to keep for your records!
  4. Biometrics Appointment: USCIS may require you to attend a biometrics appointment to capture your fingerprints, photograph, and signature for security and identification purposes.
  5. Waiting Period: The processing time for green card renewals can vary, but you can track the progress of your application online. Click here to view the processing times- https://egov.uscis.gov/processing-times/
  6. Notification of Decision: Once USCIS makes a decision on your application, you will receive a notice with the outcome. If approved, you will be issued a new green card.


How Consulta Immigration Can Help

Renewing your green card is a crucial responsibility as a permanent resident in the United States. While the application is not overly complex to complete, we understand that many individuals prefer the guidance and peace of mind that comes with professional assistance. That's where Consulta Immigration comes in – we make the Green Card renewal process easy with our three simple steps. Oh, and did we mention our flat-fee rates!

We will complete your application and gather all the necessary supporting documents. At the end of the process, we provide you with a copy of your application, a tracking number, and detailed information on what to expect next.Schedule your free consultation!  Consulta Immigration is here to assist you every step of the way.

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