Green Card Renewal Frequently Asked Questions

When should I renew my green card?

If you are a U.S. permanent resident (a green card holder), you should be aware of the expiration date on your green card and take action to renew it before it expires. Green cards are typically issued with a 10-year validity period, although there are some exceptions. If you obtained conditional permanent resident status (such as through marriage to a U.S. citizen), you will need to follow different procedures for renewal. Conditional residents typically file Form I-751 to remove the conditions on their green cards.

How soon should I apply for a green card renewal before it expires?

It’s generally advisable to apply for the renewal of your green card well in advance of its expiration. Specifically, you should consider starting the renewal process approximately 6 to 12 months before your green card is set to expire. Renewing early helps avoid potential issues related to an expired card.

How do I apply for a green card renewal?

The process involves filing Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card, with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). You can file the form online or by mail.

What documents and evidence do I need to submit with the Form I-90 application?

When renewing your green card, you will generally need to provide the following:

A copy of your expiring or expired green card.

A copy of any previous versions of your green card.

Passport-sized photos.

Supporting documents if your name or other biographical information has changed.

USCIS may request additional documentation to support your application, depending on your specific situation. Be prepared to provide any requested information promptly.

Is there a filing fee for the Form I-90 application?

Yes, there is typically a filing fee associated with the Form I-90 application. The filing fee may vary, and it’s important to check the most up-to-date fee information on the official U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website, as fees are subject to change over time. USCIS may periodically update the fee schedule, so it’s essential to verify the current fee when you are ready to submit your Form I-90 application.

How long does it take to process a green card renewal application?

The processing time for a green card renewal application varies but can take several months. USCIS provides estimated processing times on their website.

Can I travel outside the U.S. while my green card renewal application is pending?

If your green card is still valid (not expired) and you have a valid passport, you can travel internationally. However, it’s advisable to carry a copy of your Form I-90 receipt notice with you when traveling.

Can I work in the U.S. while my green card renewal application is pending?

If you have filed a Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card, to renew your green card and it is pending, you might still be able to work in the United States. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) often issues temporary evidence of your lawful permanent resident status while your renewal application is pending, which allows you to work legally during this period.

The temporary evidence is usually in the form of a Notice of Action (Form I-797) or an I-551 stamp in your passport, both of which serve as proof of your lawful permanent resident status and employment authorization.

Do I need to attend an interview for a green card renewal?

In some cases, USCIS may require applicants to attend an interview as part of the green card renewal process. The decision to conduct an interview is at the discretion of USCIS.

Can I apply for U.S. citizenship (naturalization) with an expired green card?

Generally, you cannot apply for U.S. citizenship (naturalization) with an expired green card. To be eligible for naturalization, you must be a lawful permanent resident (green card holder) of the United States. Your green card serves as evidence of your lawful permanent resident status, and it must be valid at the time you apply for naturalization. Consult with your immigration attorney for guidance.
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Dana T. Davidson holds degrees from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and State University of New York at Stony Brook and has been practicing immigration law since 2003 in New York and nationwide. She represents corporations, individuals, and families in a broad range of immigration matters. Attorney Davidson has offices in New York City and Glen Cove.


  • Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University, New York, New York
  • Juris Doctor – 1988
  • Honors: Moot Court Board, Member, Judge
  • State University of New York at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, New York
  • Bachelor of Arts – 1982
  • Major: Political Science
  • Concentration: Business

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Safe Passage Project, Volunteer Attorney, 2013-Present
  • Educating the Educators, Founder, 2012-Present
  • Momentum Project, Board Member, 1991-1994 Bar Admission
  • New York, Eastern District
  • New York, Southern District
  • Washington, D.C.

Speaking Engagements
  • AILA RDC-EMEA Spring Conference 2018, Berlin, Germany, Speaker on “Public Charge” panel
  • AILA RDC-EMEA Fall Conference 2018, Johannesburg, South Africa, Speaker: “Practice Management in the New Age” panel
  • AILA RDC-EMEA Spring Conference 2018, Madrid, Spain, Speaker: “El Traje de Luces: Self-Sponsored Petitions – EB-1A and NIW”  AILA RDC-EMEA Spring Conference 2017, Brussels, Belgium, Speaker: “Continuing Blanket L Challenges”
  • Safe Passage Project, March 2017, Speaker: “Representing Unaccompanied Minors: Special Immigrant Juvenile Status and the Effects of President Trump’s Executive Orders on Immigration”
  • AILA RDC-EMEA Fall Conference 2016, Speaker: “It’s Not About Money: I-864”
  • AILA RDC-EMEA Spring Conference 2016, Vienna, Austria, Speaker: “K-Visa: Differences Between K-1 and I-130 Processing”
  • New York Institute of Technology’s Center for Entrepreneurship, January 2016, Entrepreneur/Executive-in-Residence
  • AILA Fall Conference 2015, London, UK, Speaker: Impact of joint sponsors on family-based cases
  • Goldman-Sachs 10,000 Small Business Education Program, October 2014, “What is required to grow a business?”
  • Dowling College, May 2013, Keynote Speaker at the first annual Latino Summit at Dowling College
  • International Taxation Conference, 2010