The Green Card is a critical document which ensures international travel and enhances employment eligibility in the U.S. Green card is valid for 10 years and the expiration date of the green card is significant. Without a valid Green Card occupation and travel will become difficult.
Ideally Green Card Renewal Form [I-90] should be filed within 6 months of the expiration date to avert any delay in receiving renewed Green Card. If Green Card expires while you are outside of the United States and you did not file a renewal prior to your departure from US, it is recommended that you contact the nearest US consulate, USCIS office, or US port of entry before filing your Green Card Renewal Application Form I-90. The USCIS processing time for Green Card renewal or replacement is approximately three to four months
In general Form I-90 has no major documents to be submitted except for the correctly filled application:
If the card is expired or is about to expire in 6 months, submit a copy of the card along with the application
In the above case submit a copy of the card. If you are over 18 years old and do not have a copy of the card, submit a copy of your identity document (Driver’s License, Passport, State ID) that contains details such as name, DOB, photo and signature.
Submit a copy of your temporary status document along with the application.
Submit original card, a document that endorses the requested correction and the application.
If you have not received the green card mailed by the USCIS for over 30 days, the card will be returned to the USCIS by the post office stating “undeliverable”. In such case along with Form I-90, the applicant has to submit a supporting document that he has not moved or relocated from the address provided in the application.
Applicant need not submit the older edition while filing I-90; in fact he need not surrender the old edition of the card even after he received the new edition of the green card.
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