A Permanent Resident Card (USCIS Form I-551)
is proof of your permanent resident status in the United States. It
also serves as a valid identification document and proof that you
are eligible to live and work in the United States. Although some
Permanent Resident Cards, commonly known as Green Cards, contain no expiration date, most are valid for 10 years. If you have
been granted conditional permanent resident status, the card is valid
for 2 years. an article on this manner- dv lottery program.
It is important to keep your card up-to-date. Without a valid card, it
may be difficult for you to prove that you are a permanent resident,
and this could also affect your ability to travel or to prove your
eligibility to work in the United States.
When do I need to renew my Permanent Resident Card?
You should renew your Permanent Resident Card if you were issued
a card valid for 10 years that has either expired or will expire within
the next 6 months. we recommend to read this.
If your Permanent Resident Card is valid for only 2 years, you are
a conditional resident. You will need to file a petition to remove the
conditions of your residence before the card expires. You may file
this petition 90 days before your conditional green card expires.
If your petition is approved, you will be sent a new Permanent
Resident Card valid for 10 years. You do not need to file Form I-90.
This is discussed below. if you want to know more.
If your card does not have any expiration date on the front, then
you have a very old version. Most old versions are no longer
valid. Even if your card does not have an expiration date on it, we
recommend you apply to renew it.
When do I need to replace my Permanent Resident Card?
Apply to replace your Permanent Resident Card if any information on
your card needs to be changed, or if your card has been lost, stolen,
Also, if you became a permanent resident before you turned 14
years old, you are required to replace your card when you become
14 years old. great article about the subject.
What application do I file to replace or renew my
Permanent Resident Card?
To apply to renew or replace your card, use Form I-90, Application
to Replace Permanent Resident Card. Filing instructions and forms
are available on our Web site at .
How do I file the I-90 to renew or relace my Permanent
Please refer to our Web site under Immigration Forms, I-90, for
specific filing instructions, and then complete the form. You can also
e-file your I-90 on our Web site at .
How do I remove conditions on my 2-year conditional
Permanent Resident Card?
Do not use Form I-90 if you are a conditional resident and your
status is expiring. If you are a permanent resident who was granted
conditional permanent resident status, you are required to file a
petition to remove those conditions within 90 days of your card
If your conditional status was based on a marriage, file Form
I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence.
If your conditional status was based on being an investor or
entrepreneur, file Form I-829, Petition by Entrepreneur to Remove
Conditions on Permanent Resident Status.
If you do not file the petition to remove the conditions before your
card expires, you may lose your permanent resident status.