Green Card Center
The green card, officially known as a permanent resident card, is proof that its holder is a lawful permanent resident that has been granted immigration benefits, which include permission to live and accept employment in the United States. Permanent residents 18 years of age or older in the U.S. must carry their valid green card at all times.
Green card renewal is a simple process that a permanent resident can typically complete on his/her own. Most green cards expire every ten years and should be renewed six months before the expiration date. More on When to Renew a Green Card. If that date has passed, the card holder will not lose permanent resident status, but he/she should apply for a green card renewal as soon as possible. Use Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Residence Card.
Permanent residents use Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card, to replace or renew a permanent resident card.>
Conditional residents via marriage use Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence, to get a 10-year green card.>
U.S. citizens and permanent residents can use Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, to sponsor a family member for a green card.>
- Understand the steps to obtain an immigrant visa while outside the United States
- Understand the steps to obtain an immigrant visa while inside the United States
- Step-by-step instructions how to replace or renew a permanent resident card
- Learn how to read the information related to your immigration case on your green card
- Upon reaching 14 years of age, a permanent resident must replace his/her green card within 30 days
- Learn what to do when you permanent resident card is lost or has been stolen from you
- Learn what to expect after filing Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card
- Learn what to expect after filing Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence
Green Card Knowledge Base
Many of your most frequently asked questions about replacing and renewing a green card can be found in our Form I-90 knowledge base. Questions about removing the conditions on residence can be found in the Form I-751 knowledge base. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, contact us with a question.