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Maintaining and Renewing Your U.S. Green Card: What You Should Know

If you own a green card that is on the verge of expiring, you may feel nervous and uncertain about how to navigate the renewal and maintenance process. You might ask yourself: What documents do I need to submit? How long does it take to renew my green card? Will I still have legal status while my application is pending? 

This blog will give you tips for successful green card renewal to keep your green card status up to date. Let’s get started! 

Importance of Having an Up To Date Green Card; Green Card Renewal Process  

A green card, or permanent residency (PR), is a significant benefit for immigrants in the United States. A valid and up-to-date green card is critical for an immigrant’s rights and privileges while living in the U.S., including access to medical care, higher education, and the ability to open bank accounts. It is essential, therefore, to learn how to maintain your U.S. green card.

Steps To Renew Your Green Card 

  • You must create an online account
  • Fill out the Form I-90
  • Upload all necessary documentation 
  • Digitally sign your application.
  • Pay the fee
  • Submit the application

 

Green Card Renewal Requirements 

The expiration date on a green card, or permanent resident card, marks the end of the validity period for that particular card. To ensure continued lawful permanent residency, you must renew your green card before it expires. All green cards are generally valid for 10 years. 

What You Need To Do To Renew Your Green Card 

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) requires holders of green cards to renew their card before it expires. To do so, you must submit Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card. Complete the form in full and send it along with the correct fee and current photograph. In addition to these documents, there may be other requirements depending on your circumstances. 

Essential Things to Remember Before You Submit Your Application 

To renew your green card successfully, you must fill out the documentation accurately. Any errors, such as an incorrect filing fee or a missing signature, could result in the USCIS rejecting your application. It’s advisable to seek the assistance of an experienced attorney who can guide you through the process.

Talk To An Immigration Lawyer And Have Peace Of Mind 

Talking to an experienced lawyer on immigration can provide you with invaluable insight when dealing with green card status. You shouldn’t have to go through this process without legal counsel. The Presti Law Firm has a team of lawyers well-versed in all areas of immigration law so that they can help you navigate the complexities of the application process and assess your eligibility for green card renewal. 

There is no need to feel overwhelmed with the process. We can provide legal advice on approaching the application and reviewing your documents for completeness. We can also assist with filing fees and navigate any complexities arising. Find peace of mind knowing you have a team of experts ready to anser any questions. Contact us today. 

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