If you have a green card issued by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, you are considered a permanent resident and are able to work and live in the country. You are also able to build a life for yourself and your family without fear of being deported to your home country. Green cards, however, are not permanent if you do not take the steps necessary to renew your permanent status and file the appropriate paperwork with the government.
Most green cards expire 10 years from the time issued. It is wise to start the green card renewal process within six months of when the card is going to expire. In some cases, you are able to file a renewal online or by mail. First, you must file a Form 1-90 or Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card as issued by the USCIS. Be prepared to fill out the following information:
- Basic personal information, including your name, address and social security number
- Your date and country of birth
- Your parents’ names
- Type of green card you received, as well as the date of admission
- City where you lived when you applied for an adjustment of status or immigrant visa
- The reason for your application
Once your paperwork is filled out completely, you must submit it along with a copy of your ‘soon to expire’ green card. After paying the fees along with submitting the proper paperwork, your renewal application will be processed.
Keep in mind that as a green card holder, you are required to have valid proof of your immigration status available at all times.