How to Prepare for Green Card Renewal

Is your green card about to expire? Are you unsure when your green card expires? Are you unaware that green cards have expiration dates? Regardless how you answer, you don’t have to worry because we’ll outline how to get ready for a green card renewal here and help you avoid any inconveniences.

Green cards, as you may know, are immigration documents that serve as your proof that you have permission to live and work in the United States (often referred to as permanent residency).

On all but the very oldest green cards, there is an expiration date on the front. Once the expiration date passes the green card can no longer be used as proof of permanent residency. An expired green card is in no way a crisis, however. It’s not your permanent residency that expires, but the document.

The reason why it’s a good idea to renew your green card when it expires is that you may need to use it as an identification document. The following scenarios may all require an unexpired green card:

  • Applying for a job
  • Applying for citizenship
  • Getting a Driver’s  License
  • Getting other government benefits

Check out some of our helpful green card renewal tips below and then get started on your application.

Application for Green Card Renewal

The application that you’ll need to file for a green card renewal is Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card.

You can apply for renewal using Form I-90 in as soon as six months from the expiration of your green card.

It may be a good idea to keep past immigration documents you have used at hand while you fill out Form I-90. If necessary, they can be used as a reference while you work on your form.

Application Fees

The USCIS applies two fees to Form I-90 for renewals or replacements. The first is the form fee and it is $455. The second is for the biometrics, which is $85. The total USCIS fees for Form I-90 are then $540.

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