How Long Does a Green Card Renewal Take? 

The timeline for renewing a green card can vary depending on several factors, but generally, the process can take anywhere from 10 to 12 months. At Martinez Immigration, we understand the importance of timely renewal to maintain your status as a permanent resident in the United States. Renewing your green card, which is typically valid for ten years, ensures you continue to enjoy the benefits and protections of permanent residency. 

Eligibility for Green Card Renewal 

To renew your green card, you must meet specific eligibility criteria: 

1. Lawful Permanent Resident 

You need to be a lawful permanent resident of the United States. Temporary visa holders are not eligible for green card renewal. 

2. Valid Green Card  

You should be holding a valid green card that is set to expire within the next six months.  

3. Compliance with Immigration Laws 

You must not have violated U.S. immigration laws. This includes: 

  • Entering the Country Illegally: Unauthorized entry into the United States. 
  • Overstaying a Visa: Remaining in the U.S. beyond the permitted period without proper authorization. 
  • Committing Fraud: Engaging in deceitful practices to obtain immigration benefits. 

Initiation of Green Card Renewal Process 

The green card renewal process begins with completing and submitting Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card. Here are the key steps: 

  • Complete Form I-90: This form can be submitted online or by mail. 
  • Include Required Documentation: Attach copies of your current green card and any other necessary documents. 
  • Pay the Fees: Ensure you include the appropriate filing and biometric services fees. 
  • Submit Early: USCIS recommends starting the renewal process at least six months before your green card’s expiration date. This helps ensure you maintain your legal residency status without any interruptions. 

Typical Timeline for Green Card Renewal 

Here’s a general idea of what to expect during the renewal process: 

  1. Receipt of Application (1-3 Weeks): After submitting Form I-90, you should receive a receipt notice from USCIS within one to three weeks. 
  1. Biometrics Appointment (4-6 Weeks): USCIS will schedule an appointment for you to provide fingerprints, photos, and signatures. 
  1. Application Processing (6-10 Months): USCIS will review your application, and this can take from six to ten months. They might ask for more information during this time. 
  1. Decision and Card Issuance (10-12 Months): If everything goes smoothly, you will get your new green card within 10 to 12 months of submitting your application. 

 Potential Delays for Green Card Renewal 

Several steps and issues can affect this timeline. Errors or omissions in your Form I-90 can result in delays. Failing to include all necessary documents can hold up your application, as USCIS may issue a Request for Evidence (RFE) to obtain missing documents.  

In some cases, applications may undergo extended background checks, leading to prolonged processing times. While these checks are routine, providing clear and comprehensive information can help expedite the process. 

USCIS processing times can fluctuate due to factors such as workload, staffing, and policy changes, so it is a good idea to regularly check their website for updates. Staying informed about your application status helps you respond promptly to any requests for additional information and anticipate any potential delays. 

Contact an Experienced Adjustment of Status Lawyer  

Renewing your green card involves detailed planning and accuracy to avoid delays or denials. If your renewal process is taking longer than expected or you encounter difficulties along the way, seeking guidance from an adjustment of status lawyer at our firm can be highly beneficial.  

At Martinez Immigration, we specialize in a comprehensive range of immigration law services. Whether you need assistance with your green card renewal or any other immigration-related matters, we are here to help. 

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