A U.S. green card, or permanent resident card, is valid for 10 years. When it comes time to renew, there is a relatively straightforward process through the U.S. Immigration service. However, changes in immigration policies may cause some anxiety when preparing to renew your status.
If your permanent resident card is set to expire in the next six months, we encourage you to begin the process as soon as possible.
Steps to Renew a Permanent Resident Card
To renew your permanent resident card, you will need to submit Form I-90 (Application Form to Renew/Replace the permanent resident card).
According to the U.S. Immigration service, there are five reasons to use Form I-90:
- If your card is lost, stolen, or damaged.
- If you got married or if your name or other personal information has changed.
- If your card is due for renewal in the next six months.
- If your card was issued but never arrived by mail.
- If the card has incorrect information.
You will need the following information in order to renew a permanent resident card:
- Your green card.
- Your Alien Registration Number.
- USCIS Online Account Number (if applicable).
- Your name exactly as it appears on your current card.
- Contact information.
- Your “date of admission” when you were granted Permanent Resident status. You’ll find this on the front of your card under “Resident Since.”
- Your class of admission, which is the immigrant visa category used originally to admit you as a Permanent Resident. You will find this on the front of your card under “Category.”
- Personal information such as your place of birth and parents’ names.
There are two options for filling out Form I-90:
- You can complete the form yourself. You can file Form I-90 online by clicking here.
- A third party, such as an attorney’s office can help fill out the form. This is often recommended, particularly if you have an arrest record or immigration violations.
There is currently a $540 fee made up of the $455 application fee along with an $85 biometric fee. Failing to pay these fees and keep an updated permanent resident card could make it very difficult to return to the United States if you are traveling abroad.
Future of Green Cards
NPR recently discussed the uncertainty felt in immigrant communities, where even green card holders remain concerned. If you have your permanent resident card, you can apply for U.S. citizenship after five years. A recent Pew Research Study showed almost 40 percent of legal green card holders, or nearly 10 million people, did not apply for citizenship, instead electing to renew their green card. NPR stated that is changing, as immigrants are seeking more security given the Trump administration's crackdown immigration.
While the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has said Trump’s executive orders will not affect how it reviews residency applications, this is a time of great unrest. The experienced legal team at Katz Law Office, Ltd. would like to offer you a complimentary 30-minute consultation to discuss your needs for renewing a permanent resident card, attaining citizenship, or any other issues.