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I AM A PERMANENT RESIDENT
How Do I…
Renew or Replace
My Permanent Resident Card?
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.
It is important to keep your 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.
Section 264 of the Immigration and Nationality Act states that, “Every Alien in the United States aged eighteen and over, shall at all times carry with him and have in his personal possession any certificate of alien registration or alien registration receipt card issued to him. Any alien who fails to comply with [these] provisions shall be guilty of a misdemeanor”
It is important for a permanent resident in the United States to have a valid permanent resident card to avoid serious complications. A permanent resident who possesses an expired green card may be considered “out-of-status” by the federal government. Though failure to renew one’s green card will not result in the stripping of his or her permanent residency, it is mandated by federal law to carry valid proof of status. Additionally, if an applicant fails to renew their expiring green card, he or she may experience difficulties in obtaining employment, benefits, and may face severe complications when reentering the United States from abroad.
Frequently Asked Questions
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.
Remember, you should go through a Green Card Replacement process if:
* Your card was has lost or stolen. Lost or stolen greencards should be replaced immediately by filing Form I90.
* Your card was mutilated or destroyed. A Green Card replacement can be requested by filing Form I90.
* Your card has a mistake on it. For example, you received a greencard and the name was misspelled, than you should immediately file for a green card replacement (Form I90) to have the mistake corrected.
* Your card was never received. A Green Card replacement can be requested again by filing Form I90.
* Your name has changed. If your name has changed due to marriage, divorce or for any other reason, a Green Card replacement can be requested again by filing Form I90.
* You just turned 14 years old. If you became a permanent resident before you were 14 years old, you are required to replace your card when you become 14 years old.
How do I prepare to replace or renew my Permanent Resident Card? You can prepare your Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card (Form I-90) online, by clicking here.
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 your conditional status was based on a marriage, file Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence.
If your conditional status was based on being an investor or entrepreneur, file Form I-829, Petition by Entrepreneur to Remove Conditions on Permanent Resident Status.
If you do not file the petition to remove the conditions before your card expires, you may lose your permanent resident status.