It currently takes approximately 10-12 months to renew or replace a green card. In some cases, it may take longer. For a detailed look at the green card renewal / replacement time line, see what happens after filing Form I-90.
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How to Check I-90 Processing Times
You can check the actual USCIS I-90 processing times on the USCIS.gov website. USCIS generally updates the data on this page monthly.
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 green card.
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 of thumb, file Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card, 5 or 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 5-6 month time frame, you’ll have plenty of time to get a temporary extension. At your USCIS biometrics appointment, USCIS will provide you a sticker on your current green card that extends its validity for an additional 12 months.
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Although I-90 processing times are long, good planning will help you avoid carrying an expired green card.