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How to Renew Your Green Card

Last Updated: February, 2018.

Time to renew your green card? This guide will help you determine how and when you need to renew.

Before we get into how to renew a green card, let’s examine the important difference between a conditional green card and a green card.

The Conditional Green Card

There are two categories of immigrants who are first given conditional permanent residency:

  • Marriage-based. If you apply for a green card based on marriage to a U.S. citizen, and you’ve been married less than two years at the time you apply, USCIS will first issue you a conditional green card.
  • Entrepreneurs/Investors. If your green card is based on investment, you will also first receive a conditional green card.
    The conditional green card is good for two years. During the 90 days before the card expires, you must petition USCIS to remove the conditions on your residency. You cannot renew a two-year green card — you must apply to have the conditions removed.

If you have a green card with conditions, the first thing you need to do is apply to have the conditions removed. Scroll down to learn how to remove the conditions from your green card.

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The 10 Year Green Card (no conditions)

All other immigrant categories receive “regular,” non-conditional green cards. These are valid for 10 years. Now, your status as a permanent resident doesn’t expire, but the card does, and you need to go through a renewal process.

If you have a regular green card, the renewal process is pretty straightforward. Scroll down to learn how to renew a 10 year green card.

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How to Apply to Remove the Green Card Conditions

Marriage based Green Cards typically have conditions that need to be removed after 2 years.

Marriage Based Green Card with Conditions

To remove the conditions on your residency based on marriage, file Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence Based on Marriage. Do this at some point within the three-month time period before your conditional residency expires.

How much does it cost:

It costs $595 to file Form I-751 plus an additional $85 fee for your biometrics services appointment. The total cost is $680.

If you don’t file on time:

If you don’t file the I-751 during the three-month time period before your conditional green card expires, USCIS will terminate your conditional resident status and begin proceedings to have you deported. If that happens, you will get called to appear at a hearing where you may try to prove that you complied with the requirements. If you can’t prove that you complied, you will lose your residency and have to leave the country.

What happens once you file the I-751:

  • About three weeks after you file Form I-751, you’ll receive what’s known as a Notice of Action, Form I-797. This form confirms that USCIS has received your petition and gives you one additional year of conditional residency while USCIS processes your case.
  • Shortly after that, you’ll get notified to go to your biometrics appointment.
  • Two things might happen in the months following your petition: USCIS may send you what’s known as a “request for evidence,” asking you to provide further proof of a bona fide marriage. In addition, you may be required to go to a USCIS office for an interview. Both are up to USCIS discretion; well-prepared petitioners are often exempted from both of these.

Carry with you: While you’re waiting for USCIS to process your case, you must carry your expired conditional green card and the I-797 letter that proves you petitioned to have the conditions removed. These two documents serve as valid proof of your right to be in the country. You are free to travel outside the U.S. while USCIS processes your petition as long as you get the I-551 stamp in your passport, which serves as your valid proof of residency during this one-year period.

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How to Renew a 10 Year Green Card

Marriage based Green Cards typically have conditions that need to be removed after 2 years.

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To renew your green card, file Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card. Begin the process about six months before your green card is set to expire.

How much does it cost:

It costs $455 to file Form I-90, and depending on the circumstances of your renewal, USCIS may require you to give your biometrics again, which is another $85.

If you don’t file on time:

If you let your green card expire, you’re not at risk of losing your permanent residency status, but you could face a whole host of problems if you don’t have valid proof of permanent residency. Things that become difficult or impossible without valid proof of residency include getting a home loan, getting or renewing a driver’s license, traveling outside the U.S. and starting a new job.

What happens after you file the I-90:

  • About three weeks after you file the I-90, USCIS will mail you a Notice of Action, also known as Form I-797. This confirms that you have filed to renew your green card. As of June 2017, it is taking USCIS about 13 months to process green card renewals.
  • Shortly after that, you’ll get notified to go to your biometrics appointment.
  • USCIS normally doesn’t interview people as part of the regular green card renewal process. If you have been arrested or convicted of a crime, they could require an interview.

Carry with you: While you’re waiting for your green card to be renewed, it’s a good idea to carry your expired green card and the I-797 letter that proves you filed to renew, but please note — these documents will not serve as valid proof of permanent residency. You’ll need to get an I-551 stamp inside a valid passport to do any of the things outlined in this SimpleCitizen article.

Ways to fill out Form I-90

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Form I-751 is included with SimpleCitizen.

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*Includes Attorney Review

Print the PDF and fill by hand with black pen.

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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

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