If your green card is about to expire or has already expired, you'll need to renew it. The renewal process is relatively simple, but there are a few things you need to know before you start.

Here's a guide to help you navigate the green card renewal process.

Are You Eligible for a Green Card Renewal?

You need to know whether you qualify for a green card renewal before you start the application process. If your green card still has a few months until the expiration date, you may want to consider renewing it. That way, you can keep your current immigration status and avoid potential problems down the road.

If your green card expires while out of the country, you may need a re-entry permit into the US. You can also get a new immigrant visa that ensures you retain your status as a legal resident of the United States.

Keep in mind that you may be ineligible if you have been convicted of a crime or considered a national security risk. A criminal record could be grounds for deportation if you do gain entry to the US.

How to Renew Your Green Card

If you are eligible for a green card renewal, you can begin working on your application. You kickstart your application online through the USCIS website.

As part of your application, you will need to provide proof of your identity. You may present your passport or driver's license as proof. You'll also need to provide a copy of your current green card. You will then pay a fee that will cover the entire renewal process.

Once you have filled out the application and gathered all required documents, you can submit them by mail or in person at the USCIS office. Keep in mind that it could be a while before the green card renewal process is finalized.

What Happens If Your Green Card Renewal Is Denied?

If your green card renewal is denied, you will be given a reason for the denial. You can request for reconsideration or provide additional information to the USCIS. If you do not take any action, your green card will eventually expire, and you may lose your residency status.

Green card renewal denials can happen due to the following reasons:

  • You did not submit all of the required documentation
  • The USCIS made a mistake in processing your application
  • You no longer meet the requirements for a green card

If your green card renewal application doesn't go through, seek the help of an experienced immigration lawyer. They can help you file a motion to reopen or reconsider your application. Contact an attorney that offers green card services for additional information.