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Green Card Renewal Processing Form I-90, Replace Permanent Resident Card

Renewing your green card can be an expensive and time consuming process. Submitting the correct forms, fees and documents is key to getting a quick approval with as little delays as possible.

Thankfully, the green card renewal process is now completely online. I don’t about you, but the less documents I need to print and send, the better!

The first thing you need to do is take a look at your current green card to see when it expires. If that date has already passed, then you should complete form I-90 as soon as possible to replace it.

Don’t worry though. An expired green card doesn’t mean you lose permanent resident status. It just means that you have no valid proof of your permanent residence (which can be just as bad, right?)

Case Example:

Eleni is from Ukraine and entered the U.S. on a student visa and was able to adjust her status when she met and married her husband a year later. Her green card is set to expire in less than 60 days and she wants to renew it as quickly as possible.

She gathers all the necessary information and begins the online application form. After submitting the fee and documents, she waits to hear back from USCIS. While waiting for her green card renewal application to process, her current green card expires.

It is generally recommended to apply to renew your green card 6 months before it’s set to expire. This gives you the chance of being approved for the new green card before your current one expires.

Of course, many people will just wait until they are weeks away from the expiration date or worse, apply after their green card has expired. You can still renew your green card if it has expired but you will not have any valid proof of your permanent resident status.

Some employers will also terminate employees that let their green card expire so you really want to avoid this when possible.

Are You Eligible To Renew Your Green Card?

You’re eligible to renew your green card if you are currently a permanent resident with an expiring or expired green card. The green card allows you to live and work inside the United States and can be used a good form of identification.

You must replace your Green Card if:

  • You were issued a card valid for 10 years and it has either expired or will expire within 6 months.
  • You have a Permanent Resident Card that does not have an expiration date on it.
  • Your card has been lost, stolen, or damaged.
  • You were issued a card valid for 10 years before you turned 14 years old, and it will not expire before your 16th birthday.
  • Your card was issued with incorrect data (name, DOB, issued date) due to USCIS administrative error.
    • note that there is no fee associated with this reason for renewal.

You can also replace your Green Card if:

  • Your name or other biographic information has been legally changed.
  • You have taken up commuter status. This means you commute regularly to work in the United States but reside in Canada or Mexico.

Other than the conditional green card, most permanent resident cards are valid for 10 years. If you have conditional permanent resident status based on marriage or investment, your card will only be valid for two years (until you file I-751 removal of conditions).

Note: If you are a conditional permanent resident you can’t replace your card if it is expired, or within 90 days of expiring. A conditional permanent resident whose green card is expiring may apply to have the conditions on his or her permanent resident status removed.

How To Renew Your Green Card Online

Okay, now that we know who is eligible to renew their expired or expiring green card, let’s talk about how the process works. Generally, it’s important to follow the steps exactly to be sure the your green card renewal will be approved quickly.

Step 1: Complete form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card

The first step in the process to renew your green card is to complete form I-90. You will have the option to fill out the I-90 form online or download a PDF version to fill out and print.

The method you choose is up to you but I’ll say that the online application form is more convenient for me personally. Whichever method you choose to use, be sure that you have your A-number and review your answers before submitting the form.

Step 2: Complete form G-1145, E-Notification of Application/Petition Acceptance

This form is optional but I highly recommend it. It basically asks USCIS to notify you by email or text message when they accept the application. This will save you at least 1-2 weeks of waiting to get something in the mail from them.

There is no extra cost and it’s a simple one page form.

Step 3: Submit the I-90 filing fee to USCIS

The fee to renewal your green card will be $455.00.

There are some circumstances where you won’t have to pay this fee, see below:

  • Lost or stolen green card
    • I-90 fee $455 + $85 biometrics fee = $540
  • Previous GC was issued but never received
    • I-90 fee $0 + $0 biometrics fee = $0
  • My GC has incorrect information on it
    • I-90 fee $0 + $0 biometrics fee = $0
  • I have legally changed my name
    • I-90 fee $455 + $85 biometrics fee = $540
  • Previous GC was issued but never received
    • I-90 fee $0 + $0 biometrics fee = $0
  • My GC is expiring in 6 months or already expired
    • I-90 fee $455 + $85 biometrics fee = $540

For most people who are renewing their green card, they’ll need to pay the $455 application fee and the $85 biometrics fee. If you’re income is low, you may be able to apply for a waiver of this fee.

Learn more about the fee waiver process.

Step 4: Submit supporting evidence with form I-90

Submitting supporting documents is really important! Just completing form I-90 isn’t the end of the process when applying to renew your green card. So, what evidence should you submit with the form?

Once you have paid the filing fee and biometrics fee, you’ll want to

  • Copy of your current green card
  • Proof of name change (if required)
  • Any other documents USCIS requests
  • All documents must be translated to English

Step 5: Sign and submit form I-90 online or by mail

Alright, it’s time to submit your I-90 application to renew your green card. Remember how I said that you have the option to complete the form online or by mail? Well either way is accepted by USCIS but I highly recommend you submit it online.

To do this, you would just need to register on this site https://myaccount.uscis.dhs.gov/

Follow the steps to register your account and then you’ll be taken to a page where you can select the form you want to complete online.

 

I-90 online form

If you choose to complete the I-90 form by printing it out, you can send it to the following address:

If using U.S. Postal Service (USPS), send to:

USCIS
P.O. Box 21262,
Phoenix, AZ 85036

If using USPS Express Mail/Courier, send to:

USCIS
Attention: I-90, 1820 E. Skyharbor,
Circle S, Floor 1, Suite 100,
Phoenix, AZ 85034

I-90 Green Card Renewal Processing Time

I’m sure you’re wondering how long it will take to process your green card renewal, right? I’m not a mind reader, it’s probably the first question most people ask after submitting form I-90 to USCIS.

Generally, it can take 4-6 months for the green card renewal decision to be made. If it takes much longer than this time frame, call the field office or USCIS directly to get an update on your case.

  • Acceptance.
    • Once you submit the I-90 by mail or online, you will be notified that it has been accepted by USCIS. This means that the fee you paid was correct and the forms were signed properly.
  • Initial Processing.
    • This is when USCIS will begin the initial review of your application. If you didn’t complete the form properly or didn’t include the right evidence, this is when the adjudicator will find out and send you a response.
  • Request for Additional Evidence.
    • If your I-90 application wasn’t completed properly or documents were missing, you will receive an RFE. This is a one time request for all the information/documents that USCIS needs to complete processing your application. You have one chance to reply to an RFE with everything that is requested. If you do not reply within the time frame given or forget to include something, your green card renewal could be denied.
  • Request for Interview.
    • Generally a green card renewal may not request you to attend an interview but it’s possible. If you are asked to appear at a USCIS office for an interview be sure to bring originals of everything you submitted with you. A the interview, you may be asked to provide your fingerprints, photograph, and/or signature to verify your identity and update background and security checks.
  • Decision.
    • This is what you’ve been waiting for! USCIS has finally made a decision on form I-90 application to renew your green card. USCIS will send you the decision by mail to the address on the form. If you submitted the form online, you will likely get notified by email.

Reasons A Green Card Renewal Is Denied

There are four main reasons your green card renewal application was denied:

  • You have certain criminal convictions.
    • Some criminal convictions are considered deportable offenses. Before submitting the I-90 you should seek the help of an immigration attorney to review your background and see if you can renew your green card. Even if you have a misdemeanor, it’s best to be sure you are a eligible to renew your green card.
  • You are in deportation or removal proceedings.
    • If you are currently in deportation or removal proceedings, you shouldn’t apply to renew your green card just yet. You need to fight the deportation first before trying to renew your green card.
  • You are a conditional permanent resident.
    • Being a conditional permanent resident means that you are required to remove the conditions on your green card 90 days before it expires. This is generally for those of you who have gotten your green card after marrying a U.S. citizen.
  • You submitted incorrect or false information.
    • Submitting incorrect or false information is a big n0-no! It’s best to get this corrected as soon as possible but if you don’t, USCIS will deny your green card renewal. Your only option then is to reapply for the correct information but it may be harder the second time around.

Final Thoughts: Green Card Renewal Processing

Renewing your green card isn’t difficult if you follow the steps outlined above. Gather all the information and documents you will need before you start filling out the form so you have everything in front of you.

Remember, you can either complete form I-90 online or print it out and mail it in. The filing fee is required unless USCIS made a mistake on the original green card, if so, they will waive the fee automatically.

It’s best to renew your green card within 6 months of the expiration date. This gives you plenty of time to get the new card approved before your current one expires.

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