Having a Green Card means you are a lawful permanent resident of the United States (i.e., it is proof of your resident status in the States). But, as with all documents, Green Cards have an expiration date. That’s when you need to renew it, as it is also a necessary identity document.
That is why we are here to provide you with a step-by-step guide for renewing an expired Green Card. We will list all the necessary documents and forms, as well as any other required steps and documents. Keep reading!
When does a Green Card expire?
Green Cards, or permanent residence cards, usually have a validity period of 10 years. Some do not have an expiration date at all, while in cases such as when you have conditional permanent residence, they expire within 2 years of issue. If you are coming close to the expiration date, i.e., within 6 months of it, you should begin the renewal process.
My Green Card expired – renewal process
In order to get your new and updated Green Card, there are several steps that you need to take when applying. Those are:
- File an I-90 Form (application to replace permanent resident card)
- Pay the filing fee ($455)
- Pay the biometrics services fee ($85)
- Provide biometrics (photograph and fingerprints)
- Submit a copy of your expired/expiring Green Card
Detailed instructions on filling out the I-90 Form can be accessed on the USCIS website. Moreover, the filing of the I-90 can be done either online or by mail.
What happens if your Green Card expires?
On September 26, 2022 USCIS extended the validity of Green Cards for applicants who have a pending I-90. The amended receipt notice can be used as evidence of continued status (in combination with your Green Card), as well as authorization to work and travel 24 months from the date of expiration.
Expired Green Card renewal – online
If you want to submit the form online, you must have a USCIS online account. This is a simpler way than filing the form by mail, as it is done from your home. Additional advantages of online filing include (but not limited to):
- Paying the filing fee online
- Checking the status of your application
- Receiving case updates
- Viewing case completion date estimates
How to renew an expired Green Card – photo
For your Green Card renewal to be complete, you will be required to provide biometrics – photo and fingerprints. Your photo must abide by the following requirements:
- Passport-style color photo
- Measure 2×2 in (51×51 mm)
- Not be older than 6 months
- Have even contrast and lighting
- Taken against a neutral background
- Maintain a neutral facial expression
- Do not edit or retouch your photo
Remember that your Green Card application can be rejected if you submit an incorrect picture. Our software will convert your selfie into a professional Green Card photo and the AI verification tool will make sure your photograph will be approved.
Expired Green Card – summed up
All in all, if you are within 6 months of the expiration date, it is time to begin the renewal process. File an I-90 Form, pay your fees (filing and biometrics), attach a copy of your current Green Card and that’s it! If your card expires while you’re waiting for renewal, you can present it with the amended receipt notice and you’ll be able to work and travel for 24 additional months.
How do I renew an expired Green Card?
You will need to file a I-90 Form with USCIS, pay the filing and biometrics fee, provide a copy of your expired/expiring Green Card and attend your biometrics appointment.
Can I travel with an expired Green Card?
If you filed the I-90 Form and have been issued an amended receipt notice, you can travel for 24 months of the expiration date.
Can I work if my Green Card expired?
You have legal authorization to work within 24 months of the expiration date if you have submitted your I-90 renewal form.