Currently, the green card renewal time line is approximately 10 to 12 months. However, poorly prepared applications can result in processing times which are much longer. The good news is that it’s possible to get temporary proof of permanent resident status for travel abroad, employment and other purposes. Even if you’ve lost your card, there are solutions.
To replace or renewal a green card, you’ll need to file Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card, and a filing fee with USCIS. You may download the application and instructions directly from USCIS.gov or use CitizenPath.com.
CitizenPath provides an online document preparation service designed by immigration attorneys. The service makes the application easier and helps eliminate common mistakes that cause delays and rejections. We even guarantee that USCIS will approve your application. In addition to your prepared form, CitizenPath provides you with a set of personalized filing instructions. Our filing instructions provide detailed directions on supporting documents, how to organize your application, and where to mail it.
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How to Check the Green Card Renewal Time
You can check the actual USCIS I-90 processing times on the USCIS.gov website. USCIS generally updates the data on this page monthly. For a more detailed look at what happens at different steps of the green card renewal time line, see our Form I-90 processing time.
What if I need to travel outside the United States
Many people need to travel abroad and realize that their green card is missing or expired. In this situation, it is possible to get temporary proof of permanent residence so that one can re-enter the United States. The same solution applies for those that need to accept new employment, get a home loan or even renew a driver’s license.
When you prepare your green card renewal/replacement through CitizenPath, we’ll provide you instructions on getting temporary proof of your permanent resident status.
When to Renew a Green Card
As a rule, file Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card, 5 to 6 months prior to the expiration of your current green card. If you file it more than 6 months prior to the expiration date, USCIS will likely reject your I-90 application. If you renew within the 5 to 6 month time frame, you’ll have plenty of time to get a temporary extension.
As of January 2021, USCIS started a new process for temporary evidence. You will receive an I-797 receipt notice after filing Form I-90. The receipt notice will now say, “This notice provides evidence of your lawful permanent resident status for 12 months from the expiration date on your Form I-551, Permanent Resident Card (also known as a Green Card). You remain authorized to work and travel. This notice, presented with your expired Permanent Resident Card, is evidence of your status and work authorization.”
Although the green card renewal time is lengthy, good planning will help you avoid carrying an expired green card.