If you are reading this article, chances are you are a permanent resident whose green card has expired or is expiring soon. Or, you may be helping a family member or a friend who is unable to do the task themselves because of their age or language barriers.

Whatever the reasons may be, you are already aware of the importance of the green card and the benefits of keeping it current. A green card is a crucial document that functions as a proof of work authorization, identification document, travel document, and more. Therefore, it’s imperative that you do not let the green card expire, and make sure to apply to renew it before the expiration date.

This article is intended to give you a quick overview of the green card renewal process. Please review my other articles for more in-depth discussion.

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Step 1 of renewing your green card in Oklahoma

If your green card has already expired or is expiring within the next 6 months, it’s time to apply to renew it. Most green cards are issued for a duration of 10 years unless it is a conditional green card, in which case the card is valid only for 2 years. If your card is valid for 10 years, you may file Form I-90 to renew your expired or soon-expiring card. The application for Form I-90 can be submitted online or via mail. Successful submission of the application consists of the required documents and the correct filing fee of $540.

If your green card is a conditional green card and is only valid for 2 years, USCIS does not allow the renewal of such a card by filing Form I-90. Instead, you must file a petition to remove the condition from your card. This type of petition can only be filed during the 90 days before the expiration of your green card. Failure to file a petition to remove such a condition from the card will cause you to lose your permanent resident status, and you may be forced to leave the United States.

Step 2 of renewing your green card in Oklahoma

Usually, within 2 to 4 weeks of your application submission, the USCIS will notify you that the application has been received, also called I-797 the Notice of Action. If the application was filled correctly and completely, the notice of action will state that the application has been received and accepted. However, the failure to correctly fill out the application and submit the required documents will result in the rejection of your application. In some cases, where further explanation is required or important information is missing, the USCIS may reach out to you with a request for evidence.

Step 3 of renewing your green card in Oklahoma

Within a few weeks of successfully submitting your I-90 application, you may hear from the USCIS regarding your biometrics appointment. It’s important to note the location, date, and time of the appointment and show up with the requested document. If for some reason you are unable to make it to the appointment, you can request to change the appointment date. At the appointment, you will be asked to submit photographs, fingerprints, and signatures.

Step 4 of renewing your green card in Oklahoma

After you have successfully submitted your application, included the required documents, and attended the biometric appointment, it’s time to wait. Every case is different and the processing time will vary based on the facts of your case, however, in most cases, it takes anywhere from 6 to 9 months to receive your new green card in the mail.

Immigration Attorney in Oklahoma: Green Card Lawyer in Oklahoma City

If you need help with the green card renewal process, please call the law office of Vivid Niroula. Mr. Niroula is an immigration attorney based in Oklahoma City who has a solid understanding of US Immigration laws, provides client-focused services, and is highly responsive. You may contact us by calling (405) 456-9250 or by filling out the Contact Us Form.