Green Card Renewal

Green Card Renewal

How to Renew an Expired Green Card Card?

United States Green Card Renewal Frequently Asked Questions and Answers including General Application Information and Access to Immigration Forms.
A U.S. resident status (Green Card or Legal Permanent Residence), is only valid and granted for people that live or intend to live in the US. If you move out of the US permanently then you will lose your Green Card. There are exceptions for people temporary living out of the U.S. because of work with the U.S. armed forces abroad, or because are a civilian employee of the U.S. Government stationed abroad pursuant to official orders. Another exception are the people that have a valid re-entry permit and are allowed to live outside of the United States temporarily for up to 2 years, with the intention to go back to live in the U.S. before the expiration of their re-entry permit.

As a green card holder you may leave the U.S. multiple times and re-enter, as long as you do not intend to stay outside the U.S. for 12 months or longer, however leaving the U.S. for more than 6 months may already cause suspicious of your intent to abandon your residency in the U.S. Your travel out of the U.S. must be temporary and you must be able to prove that you didn’t intent to abandon your Legal Permanent Residence in the U.S. If you stay outside of the U.S. for 1 year or more, the immigration officers may assume that you have abandoned your residence, and you may be found inadmissible and denied reentry into the U.S. Not being able to prove your temporary stay abroad may result in losing your green card.

A Green Card or Permanent Resident Card, also called USCIS Form I-551, is evidence of your registration in accordance with U.S. immigration laws, and serves as proof of your immigration status as a U.S. lawful permanent resident with the right to live and work permanently in the United States. There is a big difference between the green card itself, and the status as a permanent resident. The card is just proof of your status, however even if you have a valid card you might be considered out of status, for example in the case that you abandoned your residence in the U.S. and moved to another country; also the opposite may happen as you might have an expired green card but still have a valid status as a legal resident of the U.S.

Expiring Green Card

When your Green card is expiring your status is not expiring, just the proof of your status is what is expiring. You should renew your card to be able to prove that you are a legal resident with the right to live and work in the U.S., and to be in compliance with U.S. immigration regulations, but keep in mind that you are just renewing the card, not your status as a legal resident. Not having a valid Green Card may affect your ability to travel in or out of the U.S. If your green card was issued valid for ten years, and your green card is either expired or will expire within the next six months, then you may file an application to renew your permanent resident card with the USCIS. If a green card doesn’t have any expiration date, then it is probably a very old version and it may no longer be valid, therefore it is recommended to renew it. If you became a permanent resident before you turned 14 years old, you are required to replace your green card once you become 14 years old.

Expiring Conditional Green Card

If you are a Conditional Resident, and your conditional green card is expiring, then do not use the regular USCIS form to renew your Green Card. Instead you must file a Petition to Remove the Conditions on Residence to receive a permanent Green Card (Joint Petition to Remove Conditional Basis of Alien’s Permanent Resident Status). If your green card was obtained through marriage then you and your husband are required to file jointly to remove the conditions on your green card, to receive a permanent resident card. If your green card was obtained through investment then use a petition to remove conditions on your green card to be sent a new Permanent Resident Card valid for 10 years. To find out links to access the instructions and forms to remove the conditions on your card by ordering this set of Answers to Frequently Asked Questions and application information.


Other Helpful Gran Card Resources:

Lost or Stolen Green Cards should be replaced immediately

Destroyed or Mutilated Green Cards should be replaced with a new Green Card

Green Card Update with a Name Change

Remove Conditions on Green Card

Green Card Address Change to inform the USCIS of your new address.

Citizenship for Green Card holders.

Live Abroad with a Green Card

Green Card Expired

CLICK HERE to download the Green Card Renewal Application. Instructions and Application Forms Included.


You should order this Immigration Guide to Renew your Card if your Green Card is expired, if you have an old version of the green card or if you have a Green Card with no expiration. Some Green Card Holders may be able to e-File online to renew their Green Card, others may have to file a paper form to renew a Green Card.


Download this Immigration Package to learn more about the application process, the required Fingerprint biometrics appointment and/or photos to be taken at the USCIS Application Support Center for biometrics processing. In addition you will have access to a set of Answers to Frequently Asked Questions including application information, how to eFile, instructions, and forms to renew your Green Card.


These are some Frequently Asked Questions about Green Card Renewal that can be answered when ordering this immigration package:

My green card is expired how to request a new one?
Can I replace my green card while I am outside of the United States?
How to renew my green card in the US?
Green Card renewal forms
How to remove conditions on my resident card?
How to eFile to renew my green card?
How to renew my green card by mail?
Fingerprint and pictures requirements.

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