Once a Green Card’s expiration date is closely approaching, it is always best to have it renewed as soon as possible. You can continue to become a permanent resident even if your Green Card expires. However, traveling abroad, getting a job, and even renewing a driver’s license is impossible without a valid permanent resident card. So it’s vital that every permanent resident knows how to renew a green card. Here are the steps below:
- Preparing For Green Card Renewal: Apply for your Green Card renewal up to six months before it expires. Be aware that the Green Card renewal process can take approximately five to six months. Download the form at the USCIS website and fill out the Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card, to renew your green card.
- Gather Documents and Mail with I-90: Once the Form I-90 is filled out and submitted with the USCIS filing fee and a photocopy of your Green Card, mail your I-90 application and supporting documents via certified mail at this address:
P.O. Box 21262
Phoenix, AZ 85036
- Save your Records: USCIS will mail you Form I-797C, Notice of Action within approximately 2 to 3 weeks. This is just proof that you’ve started the Green Card renewal process. Save this form once it arrives to you.
- Attend Your Biometrics Appointment: After filing the green card renewal, USCIS will mail and schedule an appointment time for a biometrics screening which includes fingerprinting and taking a photo for a new Green Card.
- Receiving New Green Card: In about 5 to 6 months, you will be issued your new Green Card. Your Green Card may look slightly different and will be updated with several new security features.