How to renew a green card

On Behalf of | Mar 11, 2024 | Immigration |

Having a green card as an immigrant allows a person to work and live in the United States. It is also the first step in the path to citizenship.

Renewal is an important process for maintaining a green card. Individuals must go through the renewal process every 10 years.

File Form I-90

The process begins with filing Form I-90, which is the Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card. Individuals will file this with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. They can fill out and file the form online or complete the process by mail. The form will ask for basic contact information and identifying details. Individuals should fill out the form completely to avoid delays in processing.

Submit supporting documents

Applicants must also submit supporting documents, such as a copy of their current green card or passport. They may also have to attend a biometrics appointment to provide fingerprints, photos and a signature. Noncompliance with requests from the USCIS could delay the application process or lead to issues with the renewal.

Wait for the review

Once USCIS receives the application and supporting documents, it will review the application. If USCIS approves the request for renewal, it will issue a new green card, which is valid for another 10 years.

It is important for permanent residents to renew their green cards on time to avoid any disruptions to their status. Failure to renew a green card can result in loss of permanent resident status and may make it difficult to reenter the United States after traveling abroad.