How to renew US Green Card

The following are the steps to take for the Green Card Renewal or Replacement Application (Form I­90):
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The following are the steps to take for the Green Card Renewal or Replacement Application (Form I­90):

  • If your Green card is expired, you will need to submit the Green card Renewal Application which is the Form I90. The Green card is usually valid for 10 years.
  • The expiry date of the Green card should be noted as it is very important. It is difficult to move around i.e work or travel with an expired green card.
  • Within 6 months of the expiration of a Green card, one must fill the Green card renewal form I90. The date of expiration date is usually indicated at the front of the Green Card. If you fill your Green Card renewal application within 180 days of the expiration date, this will prevent a delay in receiving your renewed Green Card.
  • The older version of the Green card may not indicate the expiration date of the Green card and mot times it is referred to as invalid, in cases like this you are required to renew the Green card to the current one.
  • You should renew your Green card by filling the Green Card Replacement Application Form I­90 if you need to change certain information, or if your Green Card has been lost, stolen, destroyed, or damaged.
  • For individuals who were issued a Green Card before they turned 14 years of age, they need to replace their Green Cards when they turn 14 years old.
  • If you are outside the United States and your Green Card expires, and you have not filled the renewal form before you left the states, you will need to contact the nearest US consulate, USCIS office, or the US port entry before you are able to fill the Renewal form I90
  • The processing time the USCIS takes for Green Card renewal or replacement is approximately three to four months.