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MY GREEN CARD IS ABOUT TO EXPIRE

John Usher Jan. 28, 2022

It is important to keep your permanent resident card (green card) up to date. Without a valid card, it may be difficult for you to prove that you are a permanent resident, and this could also affect your ability to travel or to prove your eligibility to work in the United States.

A Permanent Resident Card (USCIS Form I-551) is proof of your permanent resident status in the United States. It also serves as a valid identification document and proof that you are eligible to live and work in the United States. Although some Permanent Resident Cards, commonly known as Green Cards, contain no expiration date, most are valid for 10 years. If you have been granted conditional permanent resident status, the card is valid for 2 years.

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When Do I Need to Renew My Permanent Resident Card?

You should renew your Permanent Resident Card if you were issued a card valid for 10 years that has either expired or will expire within the next 6 months.

If your Permanent Resident Card is valid for only 2 years, you are a conditional resident. You will need to file a petition to remove the conditions of your residence before the card expires. You may file this petition 90 days before your conditional green card expires. If your petition is approved, you will be sent a new Permanent Resident Card valid for 10 years.

If your card does not have any expiration date on the front, then you have a very old version. Most old versions are no longer valid. Even if your card does not have an expiration date on it, we recommend you apply to renew it.

When Do I Need to Replace My Permanent Resident Card?

Apply to replace your Permanent Resident Card if any information on your card needs to be changed, or if your card has been lost, stolen, or damaged. Also, if you became a permanent resident before you turned 14 years old, you are required to replace your card when you become 14 years old.

How Do I Remove Conditions on My 2-Year Conditional Permanent Resident Card?

Do not use Form I-90 if you are a conditional resident and your status is expiring. If you are a permanent resident who was granted conditional permanent resident status, you are required to file a petition to remove those conditions within 90 days of your card expiring. If you do not file the petition to remove the conditions before your card expires, you may lose your permanent resident status.

I Need to Travel. Can I Travel on An Expired Green Card?

Do not travel outside of the United States on an expired Green card without first applying to renew your permanent residency. Consider seeking the counsel of an immigration attorney to see if your circumstances allow you to file for Advance Parole – Application for Travel Document.

This information is provided as a courtesy by Usher Law Firm. This and more information can be found by going to the USCIS website, www.USCIS.gov.