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Renew a Green Card

How to Renew a Green Card?

Understanding the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) green card renewal process, costs and requirements is beneficial to making the renewal process as smooth as possible for yourself. If your 10-year green card is expiring within the next six months, it’s time to renew it. Essentially, there are four steps to renewing your U.S. green card. If you’re interested in learning more about this process, keep reading to understand how to get the ball rolling.

When Do I Renew My Green Card?

You should renew your permanent resident card immediately if your card is already expired or if your green card is set to expire within the next six months. Please note, do not apply before this, as the USCIS may deny your application but still keep your payment.

How Do I Renew My Green Card?

First, you will need to fill out Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card. This form is used for both green card renewals and replacements so don’t be thrown off by the name. You can fill out this form either by mail or online. If you are applying by mail, you will need to make a photocopy of any required evidence, sign your application, include your payment and then mail your application to USCIS. If you apply online, you will need to upload your evidence and form electronically, pay the government fee (if required) and wait for your new green card. Please note, if you do have a fee waiver you can only apply by mail.

What Documents Do I Need to Renew My Green Card?

In most instances, you will only need to provide a copy of your expired, or soon-to-expire, green card as proof that you qualify for renewal. If your U.S. green card was lost, stolen, or damaged, you’ll need to provide other documentation such as your passport, driver’s license, or military ID.

How Much Does it Cost to Renew My Green Card?

Currently, it costs $540 to renew your green card. This includes a $455 filing fee and an $85 biometrics fee. If you are filing your renewal online, you will be directed to pay.gov to pay electronically with a credit card. If you are filing by mail, you can pay with a money order, personal check, cashier’s check made out to “U.S. Department of Homeland Security” or by credit card using Form G-1450.

How Long Does It Take to Process My Green Card Renewal?

Once USCIS receives your form and fees, you can expect the processing time to take between 1.5 – 12 months. The USCIS website has a page where you can check the most current processing times.

Sometimes the USCIS will issue an “Alien Documentation, Identification & Telecommunications (ADIT)” stamp if you need evidence you are a Legal Permanent Resident and your card is expired. For example, if you have applied to renew your green card and you get a new job; you need to travel outside the United States; or if you applied for naturalization at least six months before your green card expires. If you do need an ADIT stamp, you will need to contact USCIS to schedule an appointment at a local field office.

U.S. immigration law is constantly evolving and changing. If you’re looking to renew your green card shortly and are unsure of the process, it’s best to speak to an experienced immigration lawyer. Contact the dedicated professionals at Dominguez Law Firm, PLLC today for a free consultation.