Reasons Why Green Card Renewal Is Denied

Green card renewal applications can be denied if you are no longer eligible for permanent residence. This could have serious consequences including deportation. However, it’s important to know that there are multiple steps to processing I-90 applications. Applications can be accepted, rejected, approved and denied. This article walks you through the definitions of these terms and how to prevent your green card renewal from being denied.

I-90 Application Processing: Accepted & Rejected Applications

After the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) receives your application, they will determine if it’s complete. If it’s complete, it will be accepted. If it’s incomplete, it could be rejected.

Typically if an application is rejected you will have the opportunity to fix any errors and resubmit it. You will NOT lose your filing fee.

The USCIS commonly rejects applications for the following reasons:

  • Your application is not filled out correctly.
  • Your application is not signed.
  • The fee is incorrect.

The USCIS rejected over 600,000 applications in 2014. Be sure to double check your application before submitting it or use a service like provides online “do-it-yourself” software and lawyer review services to help you properly complete the immigration application process.

I-90 Application Processing: Approved & Denied Applications

Once your application is accepted, it will go to the final stage where it is either approved or denied. Applications are approved if you have maintained your permanent residence eligibility. Applications are denied if you are no longer eligible for permanent residence. Denied applications could result in you losing your permanent residence status and even deportation.

The USCIS can deport a permanent resident for any of the below reasons. If you fall under any of these categories, you should speak to an attorney.

  • Smuggling
  • Marriage fraud
  • Criminal offenses including:
    • Crimes of moral turpitude
    • Aggravated felony
    • Failure to register as a sex offender
    • Use of controlled substances
    • Certain firearm offenses
    • Domestic violence, stalking, and child abuse
    • Trafficking
    • Falsification of documents
    • Espionage or sabotage
    • Terrorist activities

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