Green Card Renewal

If you are a permanent resident of the United States, and your permanent status does not expire, but your green card does expire every 10 years. You will not lose your permanent residency if you hold an expired green card, but the law requires you to have a valid green card at all times. The green card is also known as the "Permanent Resident Card". Its purpose is to show evidence of your status as a lawful permanent resident with the right to live and work permanently in the United States. It also is evidence of your registration in accordance with all United States immigration laws.

You should renew your green card if your green card if you are permanent resident who was issued a green card valid for 10 years, and it is either expired or will expire within the next 6 months. Look on the front of your green card to check its expiration date. If the data is already expired or will expire within 6 months, it is time to renew it.

The expiration data was developed for the green card in 1989 to help the USCIS gather updated photographs and information of all permanent residents. If your green card was issued between 1979 and 1988, your green card does not have an expiration date. As a result, you do not need to renew your green card at this time. The USCIS will develop an orderly method to replace these green cards in the future.

Green Card Renewal

Green Card Replacement

You are able to replace your non-expiring green card if you meet one of the following requirements:

Visa Classifications

Green Cards

US Citizenship

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