To renew a Green Card, you will need to pay a $455 filing fee for the Form I-90 and an $85 biometric service fee, resulting in a total of $540. However, there are special situations when you would not have to pay these fees. These include:
- You never received an issued Green Card.
- You received a Green Card with incorrect information because of a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) error.
- The Green Card expires after a child’s 16th birthday and the child is at least 14 years old.
For the first two cases, you’ll need to submit additional documents. View the “Special Instructions” section of the Form I-90 for more information. For the last bullet point, the $85 biometrics services fee is still required, but the other $455 fee is not. Aside from these cases, you will be required to pay the $540 fee or have it waived.
How to Pay the Form I-90 filing fee
In the United States, you may pay these two fees to USCIS using a check or money order drawn from a U.S. financial institution and payable in U.S. funds. You can also pay online, however, you cannot pay these fees by credit card. Additionally, you must pay both fees when you file the Form I-90. The form will be rejected if USCIS receives the form without the correct biometrics and filing fees.
How the Waive the Fees
If you are unable to pay the fees, you may request to waiver them by filing the Form I-912. When filing Form I-912, you will provide documentation showing that you qualify based on one of the following criteria:
- You, your spouse, or the head of household living with you, are currently receiving a means-tested benefit (Medicaid, SNAP, TANF, SSI).
- Your household income is at or below 150% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.
- You are currently experiencing financial hardship that prevents you from paying the filing fee, including unexpected medical bills or emergencies.
Note: If you are waiving the fee, you are not eligible to submit Form I-90 online. You must mail in a paper document.
Getting Help with your Green Card Renewal
Although the cheapest option is to renew your Green Card is by yourself, it is still less expensive to hire help and fill and fill out the application correctly the first time than to make a mistake and to have to reapply. Not only would that cost an extra $540, but you would have to wait much longer for your new Green Card. If you would like to hire help, here are two great options:
1. Hiring an attorney.
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2. Renew your Green Card with SimpleCitizen.
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Renewing a Green Card with an Attorney
A licensed and experienced Immigration Attorney will essentially guarantee that your application is filed correctly. If you have specific questions or need extra legal help, an attorney will also be able to provide you with useful advice and recommendations. Aside from the $540 fee to USCIS, you will also have to pay to hire an attorney which will generally cost less than $500 for this application. However, the cost may be much higher if you have complicated immigration problems which require additional assistance.
Renewing a Green Card with SimpleCitizen
SimpleCitizen is an easy and fast way to apply for a new Green Card. The software that runs SimpleCitizen was built by experienced immigration attorneys and has successfully processed thousands of applications. The website guides you through the entire application process step-by-step, and it automatically searches for any errors or issues. Once you are finished, SimpleCitizen prints and ships your application to your address so all you have to do is sign it and mail it to the USCIS. The service costs $198 in addition to the $540 fee to the USCIS. You can also request to have your application reviewed by one of SimpleCitizen’s licensed immigration attorneys for an extra $99. Click here to get started on your renewal application today.