In most cases, replacing or renewing your green card can be a straightforward process. However, keep in mind that having an immigration attorney Connecticut taking care of the necessary paperwork for you not only ensures a smooth renewal/replacement of your green card, but also guarantees that you will not have to deal with any other unexpected issues.
More about the renewal process
Even if someone has become a permanent resident, he or she will need a valid green card at all times. Keep in mind that the status of permanent resident does not expire, but the green card is required. The green card expires every 10 years, the only people that this does not concern are those who received a green card between 1979 and 1988 (those green cards do not have an expiration date). The primary reason for the introduction of an expiration date was to guarantee that the information and photographs are up-to-date for permanent residents. This is not unlike your driver’s license or a passport.
More about the renewal process
It is important to start the renewal process early, preferably six months from the time that the green card is going to expire. The necessary form to renew your green card is Form I-90. It may take between three and six months before you receive the new green card. It is possible to talk to the USCIS National Customer Service Center to ask for an update about your application or have your immigration lawyer Connecticut call on your behalf.
It is possible to have temporary proof of residential status while the green card application is being processed. It is possible to complete form I-687 and get temporary proof of residential status.
What are some other green card issues?
There are a number of different green card issues that may warrant hiring an immigration law office CT. Some of the most common include:
- Green cards for minors – Those under 14 years of age do not need to obtain biometrics when receiving their green card. When someone turns 14, they can file for a new green card that does include the biometric information
- Incorrect or outdated information – Remember that it is your responsibility to remain current on the available information on your green card. If your green card includes outdated or incorrect data, it is important to update it immediately
- Name change – If change your name because of a marriage or any other reason, it is necessary to have this new name reflected on your green card. You will need to file a request for a new green card immediately
- Destroyed or mutilated green card – If your green card becomes illegible, is destroyed, or mutilated, you have to request a replacement immediately
Make sure to use the qualified professionals
While the process itself is straightforward, a single mistake could have devastating and lasting consequences; possibly even put you in immigration status violation. Thanks to our quick service and the fact that we hire the best immigration lawyers, you can be sure that your case is processed smoothly and without issue. Make sure to ask us for a free consultation on how we can help you.