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What To Do If Your Green Card Expires

On behalf of Sayer Regan & Thayer of Sayer Regan & Thayer, LLP posted on Monday, July 26, 2021.

A Legal Permanent Resident Card, also known as a Green Card, proves your permanent resident status in the United States .  In addition, it acts as a valid ID document and proves you are eligible to work and live in the US . Although some Permanent Resident Cards have no expiration date, most are valid for a period of 10 yearswith Conditional Permanent resident cards only valid for two (2) years, according to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

In the event you were given conditional permanent resident status, the card is valid for two years. You should be aware of when your green card expires so that you can begin the process of replacing it before it expires. Without a valid green card, you can not  prove you are a permanent resident, nor can you verify your right so live and work in the US.

If your green card is about to expire or has expired, you should seek legal representation from an immigration lawyer at Sayer Regan & Thayer 

When is it Time to Replace Your Green Card?

For lawful permanent residents, you have to replace your card if:

  • It’s either expired or will expire in the next six months
  • The previous card was stolen, lost, stolen, or destroyed
  • You received your card before the age of 14 and you are now at least 14
  • You were a commuter and now reside in the United States
  • You were a permanent resident living in the United States but intend to  take up commuter status
  • You have a previous version of the alien registration card and need a current green card
  • Your card features incorrect information
  • You have legally changed your name since being issued a green card
  • You never received the previous card issued to you.

What if it Already Expired?

If your green card has already lapsed, this does not mean your status as a legal permanent resident is invalid. But while an expired green card doesn’t translate to a loss of LPR status, you could face some problems:

  • You will have difficulty re-entering the United States if you are traveling.
  • You could encounter difficulties with your job or when applying for a new job.
  • You may have difficulty receiving benefits.

Good news is, even if your green card is expired, you may still apply for citizenship as long as you meet the eligibility requirements for becoming a citizen in this country.
You can renew your green card by completing Form I-90. The fee is $455, with an $85 biometrics fee, for a total of $540. You could get a fee waiver if you receive public benefits, your income is below 150 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines, or you face some other financial hardship.

Contact Sayer Regan & Thayer

For help with the process of renewing a green card, contact us for your free, no-obligation consultation, where our attorneys have many years of experience in immigration law.

These materials have been prepared by SRT for informational purposes only and are not intended and should not be construed as legal advice.

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