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Green Card Renewal Processing Time

In this blog article, we'll explain the green card renewal processing time, and walk you through the green card renewal process step-by-step.

Is your green card expiration date coming up soon? If your 10-year green card is expired or will expire within the next 6 months, it’s time to take action. But fear not, renewing your green card is simpler than you might think. 

In this blog article, we’ll explain the green card renewal processing time, and walk you through the green card renewal process step-by-step.

Green card renewal requirements

Once you’re officially a permanent resident of the United States, you’ll receive your green card, also known as your lawful permanent resident card. 

Renewing your green card is essential to maintain your legal residency in the U.S. To qualify, you must currently hold a valid green card, and it’s recommended to apply for renewal six months before your card’s expiration date. 

Along with your green card renewal application, you will need to provide additional documents, including:

  • Your current green card
  • Proof of residency
  • Personal information and identification documents

Green card renewal processing time

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The green card renewal processing time ranges from 7 to 12 months total, from the date of filing Form I-90

However, it’s important to keep in mind that processing times can vary based on the number of applications received by USCIS, additional security checks, and the completeness of your application.

Expedited processing time

If you need your green card renewed quickly due to an urgent situation, you can request expedited processing. This option is available under specific circumstances, such as severe financial loss, emergencies, or humanitarian reasons. 

To apply for expedited processing, you will need to provide detailed evidence supporting your request. If approved, this can significantly reduce the green card renewal processing time.

Green card renewal fee 2024

In 2024, renewing your green card costs $540. This includes a $455 application fee and an $85 biometrics fee. Before you apply, double-check the USCIS website for the latest fees, as they can change. If you’re facing financial hardship, you might qualify for a fee waiver, so be sure to explore this option if needed.

How to renew your green card (step-by-step)

Green card renewal

Step 1: Submit Form I-90 

To start the renewal process, fill out and submit Form I-90 (Application to Replace Permanent Residence Card) with USCIS. This form is your official application to renew your green card.

You can submit Form I-90 either online or by mail.

OnlineBy mail
Simply create an account on the USCIS website, complete Form I-90, upload the necessary documents, and pay the fees. Filing Form I-90 online allows you to track your application’s progress and receive updates directly.Download Form I-90 from the USCIS website, fill it out, and send it along with the required documents and payment to the address specified on the form. 

Step 2: Receipt notice from USCIS 

Once USCIS receives and accepts your Form I-90, they will send you a receipt notice within 1 to 3 weeks. This notice confirms that your application has been received. It includes a unique receipt number that you can use to track your case online through the USCIS Case Status tool.

Step 3: Biometrics appointment notice

Around 4 to 6 weeks after receiving your receipt notice, USCIS will send you a biometrics appointment notice. This notice will provide the date, time, and location for your biometrics appointment, where your digital fingerprints will be taken.

Step 4: Your biometrics appointment!

Your biometrics appointment will usually be scheduled about 2 weeks after you receive the appointment notice. On the day of your appointment, bring a valid ID and the biometrics appointment notice. At the appointment, your digital fingerprints will be taken.

Step 5: Receive your new green card

After your biometrics appointment, USCIS will continue processing your green card renewal application. Your new green card should be issued within 7 to 11 months from the date you filed your Form I-90.

Some situations have different green card renewal processes:

If you’re applying for a fee waiver…You must file Form I-90 by mail
If your green card expires while you’re traveling outside the U.S…Get in touch with the nearest U.S. consulate, USCIS international office, or U.S. port of entry to explain your situation before you file Form I-90.
If you have a 2-year conditional green card…You will need to follow a different process for conditional green card holders

How to check your green card renewal status

Checking green card renewal status online

To check the status of your green card renewal, go to the USCIS Case Status Online page and enter your receipt number, which you receive after submitting your green card renewal application. 

Manifest Tip: You can create a USCIS online account to get notifications about your case to stay up-to-date during the process.

What to do if your green card renewal is denied

If your green card renewal application is denied, you’ll get a notice explaining why. It’s really important to read this notice carefully to understand the reasons behind the denial. 

Once you know why your application was denied, you can explore your options. In some cases, you might be able to file an appeal or a motion to reopen or reconsider the decision. You can find more information on the USCIS website here.

This process can be complex, so it’s a good idea to get help from an immigration attorney. Our team at Manifest Law can guide you through your options and help you take the best course of action. Book a free consultation with us today to learn more.

Frequently asked questions

Why is my green card renewal taking so long?

The green card renewal processing time can feel like forever, but don’t worry, you’re not alone. Several factors can cause delays in processing your green card renewal, including a high volume of applications, additional background checks, or incomplete applications. 

Double-checking that all your documents are in order and keeping an eye on your case status can help with the green card processing time.

What if my green card expires while waiting for renewal?

If your green card expires while you are waiting for your renewal, you are still considered a lawful permanent resident. However, certain things like traveling or finding a new job might be more challenging. You can use your USCIS receipt notice (Form I-797) as proof of your pending renewal when needed.

Can I travel while waiting for my green card renewal?

Yes, you can travel while your green card renewal is pending. However, you must carry your expired green card along with your USCIS receipt notice (Form I-797) to re-enter the United States. This combination serves as proof of your ongoing status as a permanent resident and your pending renewal application.

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