Why do I need to renew my Green Card every 10 years?

A Green Card or permanent resident card serves as proof of its holders permanent resident status in the United States. It also serves as a valid identification document. Most Green Cards are valid for 10 years, or 2 years for conditional permanent residents. One of the duties of a permanent resident is to keep their Green Card up-to-date. Without a valid card, it may be difficult to prove permanent residence status, and this could also affect a permanent resident's ability to travel or to prove their eligibility to work in the United States.

Green Card holders should renew their Permanent Resident Card when issued a card valid for 10 years that has either expired or will expire within 6 months. However, conditional residents may not renew their Green Card. They will need to file a petition to remove the conditions of their residence before the card expires instead. They may file this petition 90 days before their conditional Green Card expires.

If the card does not have an expiration date on the front, then that it means that it is an older version. Most old versions are no longer valid. In this case, and even if the card does not have an expiration date on it, permanent residents are required to apply to renew it.

Green Card holders should also apply to replace their Permanent Resident Card if any information on it needs to be changed, or if the card has been lost, stolen, or damaged, or if they became permanent residents before turning 14 years old. In this case, they are required to replace their card on their 14th birthday.

To renew or replace a Permanent Resident Card, please complete Form I-90 Green Card Renewal.

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