If you hold a Permanent Resident Card, more commonly called a Green Card, there are some things you need to know about the renewal process. Allowing your Green Card to expire could make it difficult to travel outside of the United States and you may be unable to work while you are in the country. This easy-to-follow timeline will help you keep your Green Card current and avoid complications.
In most cases, Green Cards expire every ten years. If you are in the United States, it is recommended that you file for renewal up to six months before your card will expire. You can file a renewal by filling out Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Residence Card. You may complete the form and mail it to United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to begin the renewal of your green card.
Outside the United States
If you are outside the United States and your Green Card will expire within six months, but you plan to return within one year of your departure, you may file for renewal as soon as you are back in the country. However, if your card will expire while you are out of the country, you may need to contact the closest United States consulate, USCIS office or United States port of entry before you file to renew your card.
Checking Your Status
If you have filed to renew your Green Card, you can check your status online on My Case Status. Keep in mind that the application may not appear in the system for up to 72 hours after you file for renewal. You will need to enter your receipt number in order to access your information.
Renewing your Green Card is relatively simple, but it is critical that you renew the card before it expires.
If you are ready to begin the process to renew your green card get started today!