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Understanding Which Green Card Renewal Process is Right For You

Last Updated: January 2023

A green card, also known as a Permanent Resident Card, is a super important document that lets you live and work in the United States even if you’re not a citizen. If you are an immigrant with a green card, you may need to renew it at some point. There are two types of green cards: conditional and permanent green cards. The process for renewing a green card varies depending on the type of green card you have. This article will overview both options to help you understand how and when you need to renew your green card.

10-Year Green Card (permanent)

A 10-year green card is the most common type and is issued to people who have been permitted to live in the United States permanently through different ways like through work, family, or special circumstances. This type of green card is valid for 10 years. The 10-year green card is renewed by using Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card.

How to Renew a 10-year Green Card

Conditional Green Card

On the other hand, a conditional green card is a type of green card explicitly given to people who are married to US citizens who were married for less than two years at the time of green card approval. This type of green card is only valid for two years, but don’t worry; you’ll have the chance to make it permanent! This involves filling out Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence, together with your US citizen spouse, who sponsored you for the conditional green card. Except for a few specific circumstances, it must be filed within 90 days before the conditional green card expires.

How to Apply to Remove the Green Card Conditions

Updated on January 18, 2023

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  1. I need to know my 2 year green expired 26 of June 2020 I don’t know which mont to renew it if is March or April I must submit my application can u help me by telling me please I don’t want to file late please

  2. Hi Marcia, here are the guidelines according to the I-751 instructions:

    “If you are filing the petition jointly with your spouse, you must file it during the 90-day period immediately before your conditional residence expires.If you requesting that the joint filing requirement be waived or individually filed, you may file Form I-751 without your spouse if they are deceased, you are divorced, or you and/or your conditional resident child were battered or subjected to extreme cruelty. You may file this petition at any time after you are granted conditional resident status and before you are removed from the United States.”

    We would be happy to help you through the removal of conditions process at start.simplecitizen.com.

  3. were do i go to get my greencard renewed? i live in kansas city mo.ten years ago i had to go to the dutch ambasador in washington DC.do i still have to do that or can i do it on line

  4. Does my husband apply for the renewal of his green card under the pretense of his green card being expired and needs to renew it or the fact we’ve been living together and married for 20 years.


  5. This is my second time renew my green card can I applied for us citizens ship if my wife dervoice..frist time I had a 2 years them I have a 1year

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