On the most basic level, green cards afford immigrants some security as they focus on what they value most in their lives. Unfortunately, that security is not permanent, because every ten years, that immigrant must renew his or her green card. The paperwork needed to get your green card renewed can be complicated. Please continue reading, then contact a lawyer experienced in family immigration law if your green card has recently expired or is set to expire within six months.
What is the process for getting your green card renewed?
To initiate the renewal process, you must first fill out the Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card. You have the option of filing this document either electronically or on paper. Then you submit it through the mail. That being said, if you possess a previous version of the alien registration card, you must replace it with a current green card as soon as possible.
Can you get your green card renewed outside of the United States?
If you are outside of the United States, the process for renewing your green card is as follows:
- If your green card is to expire within the next six months, and you are set to return one year from the date of your departure from the United States, you will need to file for your renewal card upon your return.
- If you have applied for the renewal card before you departed the United States, you must immediately visit a U.S. Consulate, USCIS office or a U.S. port of entry before you can file your Form I-90 for a green card renewal.
While the USCIS only rejects approximately eight percent of forms, it remains a distinct possibility.
What should you do if your green card renewal application is denied?
Sadly, you are not allowed to appeal the decision if your application is denied. Nevertheless, in many instances, you can file a motion to report or reconsider with the office that determined you were ineligible for renewal. You should strongly consider retaining the services of a lawyer skilled in U.S. immigration legal services to assist you in this matter. In order for the motion to succeed, you must have new information to support a reexamination of the decision. A seasoned immigration lawyer will aid you in obtaining, collecting and presenting all the necessary evidence to prove that the denial of your renewal application was predicated either upon an incorrect application of the law or that the office made the wrong decision regarding your renewal application at the time the decision was made.
Renewing your green card can take anywhere from a month and a half to a full year, so please give us a call today.
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