Green card renewal is a must for ever green card holder. Even though the validity of the present day green cards is 10 yrs, the permanent resident status is that of lifetime validity. The US Government introduces new technologies in order to strengthen their country’s security measures. In the recent years, this is being done very seriously as the threats to the US continue to increase. It has been a decade since the terror attacks on the World Trade Center and the existing security measures are an outcome of the attack.
How to renew green card?
A Green Card holder whose Green card is about to expire within the next six months should file in the green card renewal application – Form I-90. Conditional residents cannot go in for green card renewal and they should file Form I-751 to remove the conditions. Similarly persons who have obtained a Green card through their investment in the US need to file Form I-829 to remove their conditions.
Keeping track of your renewal application
The status of the filed in application can be checked online using the tab ‘My Case Status’ on the USCIS homepage.. Also, an applicant can call the USCIS National Customer Service Center to inquire about the green card renewal application. The applicant should provide specific details like his/her receipt number, alien registration number and date of birth while calling the USCIS.
Denial of Green card renewal application
If the USCIS rejects the I-90 submitted by the applicant, then the applicant will receive a letter indicating the reasons for denial. There is no option to appeal against a negative decision. But the applicants may file in a motion to reopen the case wherein they need to state the new facts that they would provide in case of the application being re-opened and attach suitable documents for proof. A motion can also be initiated to reconsider the decision made by the USCIS and this motion should establish the fact the denial was founded on incorrect immigration policy or application of law. Both these should be filed in at the same USCIS office that made the decision.