Eligibility for Renewal
Having a green card (or permanent resident card) allows you to live and work legally and permanently in the United States. As a lawful permanent resident or green card holder, you must replace or renew your green card if:
- Your green card has expired.
- Your green card will expire within the next six months.
- Your green card was stolen, misplaced, or destroyed.
- You received your card before you were 14 years old, and you are now older than 14.
- You have decided to take up actual residence in the United States.
- Your status was automatically converted to permanent resident status.
- Your green card contains incorrect information.
- You have legally changed your name.
- You didn’t receive the previous green card issued to you.
An experienced attorney can help determine whether you are eligible and enlighten you about the best time to apply for green card renewal.
When to Renew
The time frame for renewing your green card mostly depends on your immigration status and other surrounding circumstances. However, to minimize the possibility that your green card expires before getting a new one, it is advisable that you start the renewal process at least six months prior to the expiration date. A knowledgeable attorney can enlighten you about the renewal process and help complete and submit your documents.
The Renewal Process
A green card renewal can be done online or by mail. Here are the steps involved in the green card renewal process:
- Complete your renewal application either online or by paper.
- Gather your supporting documents.
- Obtain and complete your forms.
- Pay the filing fees.
- Provide all necessary evidence and supporting documentation.
- Submit your application.
- Wait for your new green card.
Submitting a complete and accurate green card renewal application is important to avoid denial. An experienced Texas immigration law attorney can guide you through every process involved and improve your chances of a successful application.
Work With an Experienced Immigration Law Attorney
Renewing your green card and other immigration documents involves a lot of complicated procedures. Understanding the procedural requirements, determining your eligibility, and filing the necessary forms can make the entire process daunting. Therefore, you need to work with a knowledgeable immigration attorney to guide you through the green card renewal process and help you navigate key decisions.
At M Mathew Law Firm, PLLC, I have the experience and resources to assist and guide clients through the complexities of green card renewals. As your legal counsel, I can review your unique situation, determine your eligibility, and enlighten you about the green card renewal process. Whether your green card is about to expire soon or it has already expired, I can help you complete and submit all required forms and documentation. I will work diligently to address your needs and concerns and help you achieve both your short- and long-term immigration goals.