Renewing Your Green Card?

If you have a green card, you have permanent residency in the US. While the status is permanent, however, the card itself expires every ten years. It is important to renew your green card before it becomes expired, as your card proves your status and having an expired green card can create problems if you ever need to prove your immigration status.

If you have a green card and need it renewed, you can do so by filing USCIS Form I-90. You can download the latest version of the form at You can file the form online or through the mail, but it is important to ensure that you file the form correctly to ensure that there are no delays with your application. When renewing your green card, you will also need to attend a biometrics appointment at a local USCIS Application Support Center. Once you submit your Form I-90, you will get a notice about when and where your appointment will be.

If you have a biometrics appointment related to your green card renewal, it is important to know that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers may attend these types of biometrics appointments. As a result, the USCIS recommends bringing records of any convictions, arrests, and other documents related to criminal matters which may have occurred since you were last granted a green card. If you have criminal proceedings pending in the US or anywhere else, you may want to consult with an immigration attorney or you may want to bring in extra documentation to your appointment, as some applicants have had their green card renewal delayed for this reason.

If you have a conditional green card that is about to expire, do not file Form I-90. Instead, file Form I-751 to remove the conditions on your green card. If you have been a green card holder for five years or more and qualify for citizenship, you may also wish to consider filing for US citizenship instead of renewing your green card. You can visit the USCIS web site to find out how to apply.