Replacement or Renewal of Green Cards
Green Card Renewal Lawyer in Cupertino
Assistance with Renewing Your Permanent Residence
The green card (Form I-551) is evidence of your status as a lawful permanent resident. Most green cards expire every ten years, meaning that you will have to apply for a new I-551 as long as you wish to remain a permanent resident. You will also need to apply for a new card if you lose your green card.
Green Card Renewal Process
The process for renewing a green card can differ depending on a number of circumstances. An experienced immigration lawyer for green card renewal can help you through the process. At The Law Offices of Timothy D. Widman, our team can help you retain your permanent resident status.
Renewing a Permanent Resident Card
In the majority of cases, applying for a renewed green card involves filling out Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card. It is highly recommended to being the process of renewing your green card at least six months before it expires.
Green Card Renewal Cost
USCIS charges a fee of $540 to renew an expired or soon-to-be-expiring green card. This fee covers the cost for your biometrics and application.
If you become a citizen through the naturalization process, you will no longer need to renew your status.
Renewing a Conditional Green Card
Conditional green cards are given to investor immigrants and newly married immigrants. If you have a conditional green card you will need to apply to remove the conditions on your permanent residence after two years.
So long as you still qualify for permanent residence, you will then receive a regular green card. This card will then need to be renewed every ten years.
What are the Consequences of a Lost or Expired Green Card?
If your 10-year green card is set to expire within the next six months or has already expired, it is vital that you take immediate action to obtain a new one. You are required by law to carry a valid green card with you at all times.
You may need to show it to immigration or law enforcement officials, and you will need it to provide proof of your eligibility to receive federal public benefits. If your green card has expired, you won’t be able to obtain these benefits, and you may be at risk of deportation.
Can I Still Work With an Expired Green Card?
You can continue to work in the United States with a lost or expired card, so long as your permanent resident status is intact. However, employers cannot legally accept expired green cards from job applicants. If you want to apply for a new job without risk of disqualification or delays, it is important to renew your green card.
Replacing a lost or expiring card typically takes several months, which is why filing Form I-90 on time is critical. You will likely need to renew your green card even if you have applied for citizenship through naturalization and you have not yet been approved. Addressing an expiring green card now can potentially save you a significant amount of time and difficulty down the road.
Our Immigration Lawyers Help Immigrants Throughout Santa Clara County
Our attorney at the Law Offices of Timothy D. Widman can help you with every step of the green card renewal process. He is here to answer all your questions and help you accomplish both your short-term and long-term goals.
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