How to Renew Your Green Card Online

By Katherine at Legal Language
Posted on 01/24/2011
In Immigration, Maintaining Status

If your green card is set to expire, don’t worry — US Citizenship and Immigration Services now allows US permanent residents to renew their green cards online!

There are several benefits to filing online, and the process is fairly simple — if you qualify for it.

Who Is Eligible to Renew a Green Card Online?

Most green cards are valid for 10 years. Before the expiration date, you are required to renew it by submitting Form I-90, Application for Green Card Replacement to USCIS. This is the same form that you file if your green card is lost or stolen.

If your conditional two-year green card is expiring, you are not eligible to renew your green card online. You must follow the process of removing the conditions on your green card, which involves filing a separate form, the I-751.

You will not be able to renew your green card online if you are applying for a waiver of the filing fee or if you are requesting that your case be expedited.

The Online Green Card Renewal Process

The process to renew your green card online is easy. Simply go to the USCIS website and log into the e-Filing system. You will be prompted to create a username and password if you haven’t already. Then select Form I-90 and fill in all the required information.

If you choose to e-File, you must pay the required filing fee online by entering a credit or debit card number or submitting your bank account information. Many applicants find this much more convenient than submitting payment with a paper form, as USCIS accepts only checks with paper filings.

After You Submit Your Application Online

After you submit your e-Filing, make sure you check the screen for a confirmation page to make sure that USCIS has received your application. Your case will be assigned a confirmation number, but that will be sent to you in the mail within 10 days of your online green card renewal.

Additionally, you will receive a notice in the mail that will tell you the date of your scheduled appointment for biometrics and photographs at a USCIS Application Support Center near you.

You must bring your biometrics appointment notice and photo identification to your biometrics appointment. Types of acceptable photo identification include a passport, driver’s license, government-issued ID card or military photo ID card. You also must bring your previous green card or other evidence of permanent residence.

Once your biometrics are captured and your photo taken, all you have to do is sit back and wait for your new green card to arrive!

Consequences of Not Renewing Your Green Card

If your green card has already expired, you are still eligible to renew your green card online, but make sure you renew it as soon as possible. Per immigration law you will not lose your permanent resident status immediately. It is important to have a valid green card on you at all times, however, especially if you are traveling or must present identification for any other reason.

If you do not renew your green card, you could experience difficulties in obtaining employment or re-entering the United States after you travel abroad. Be sure to apply for a renewal of your green card before you travel, and bring with you any temporary documentation you have received regarding your online application.

18 Responses to “How to Renew Your Green Card Online”

  1. Harry Roestenberg Says:

    Thank you so very much for your detailed information i.c.w.The Renewal of a Permanent Resident Card (10 years.)Mine expires on Sept.11th 2013 and I want to file an I-90 in March 2013 six month in advance.( E-Filing} I cruise a lot all over the world .What if I get an Biometric Finger Printing Appointment and I am not home.USCIS in Seattle is my Finger Printing Address. I read in there instructions that they also allow you to make your own appointment date if you cannot make it on theirs. Is that true ?. Furthermore I will be in Amsterdam next year( I am a Dutch citizen.) could I visit the US Consul General there to be Finger Printed ? Thanks a million for your information. With kind regards Harry Roestenberg

  2. Diane at Legal Language Says:

    Harry, glad you enjoyed the post! Please contact USCIS to find out what exactly is allowed in your particular situation.

  3. Anthony Hinrichs Says:

    Would having plead guilty to a criminal misdemeanor make a person “inadmissable” to renewing his/her permanent resident alien card?

  4. mary Says:

    my parents green card is expiring in June 2013.they are in Indian soon they have to be in USA before the expiring date?

  5. Kaytie at Legal Language Says:

    Hello Anthony and Mary,
    Both of your queries are contingent upon a lot of specfics. Please contact USCIS or an immigration lawyer to discuss your specific situations.

    Thanks for reading!
    Kaytie at Legal Language

  6. mary Says:

    hello i renew my greencard online and i want to know…do i still have to send a copy of my expiring greencard OR should i wait for USCIS to ask me to mail it??? because some people did’nt send a copy and still got their new card. i’m confused.

  7. anon Says:

    1. Hello,

    I filed online application I-90 for renewal of Green card, however I did not receive any automatic email generated by USCIS. I do have the online confirmation. How long does it take to receive this email?
    Regarding the supporting evidences that need to be mailed, should I just mail the copy of Green card and the copy of passport with the immigration visa? Some of the posts above mention that there is no requirement to mail any document, but carry it for Biometrics appointment. Is that true?

    I would appreciate if someone who has recently filed I-90 can answer the above.


  8. Kaytie at Legal Language Says:

    Hello Mary,

    Legal Language cannot give legal advice online. Please call USCIS or speak with an immigration attorney to find out what you can do in this situation.

    Good Luck!
    Kaytie at Legal Language

  9. Eve Delachartre Says:

    Hello Katherine,
    My green card will expire on August 13th, 2013. When is the time to file the form I90 on line?

  10. Kaytie at Legal Language Says:

    Hello Eve,

    Green cards can be renewed within 6 months of their expiration date. So in your case, you can file form I-90 right now!

    Good luck!
    Kaytie at Legal Language

  11. Ann Says:

    when renewing a green card, do they take away old one. or they just punched a hole on it and return to us.

    at what step they will do so? based the post. it looks like they do not take away the old one?

    anyone have recently just went through whole process



  12. Michelle Says:

    My PRC has expired, I’ve since divorced, taken my maiden name back in court, and now have remarried. I would like to keep my maiden name and new married name. I have all documents to validate everything if needed. Is it better for me to file on line and bring documents with me or mail everything together?

  13. Ozkr Says:

    Mines expired 1 year ago. what should I do?

  14. sergio Says:

    Hello, I sent my renewal documents and payment of $450 online, but I didn’t realized that my green card would expire within 7 months. I am worry that they will deny the application and keep the payment. Any help please.

  15. Sid Says:

    Hi, I am 22 yrs old and live in UK. I acquired my green card thru my mum who got hers thru the diversity program. I wasn’t aware I had a green card until I showed interest to emigrate to the US after completing my undergraduate degree in 2014.

    The last trip I made to the US was in 2007 when I was 15 yrs old. My greencard expired in August 2014. Can I still renew it? If so, can i renew it online from UK? What are my options?

    I would appreciate an answer from anyone who has any experience of such a case.

    Thank you.

  16. Lisa Says:

    Hi All,
    Sergio- I would call the cs line at 1-800-375-5283. I renewed online last week and thought I’d lost the email with my control # so I can look up status. The lady was very helpful and my wait time was about 5 seconds! I would think if anything it may delay your renewal by a month at most.

    I’m not a Legal rep, just another person going through the process.

  17. Lisa Says:

    Hi Sid,
    I remember being overseas in 1982. I was 16. The requirements were and still are that we must not leave the country for more than a year. My parents tried to have their US lawyer take care of an extension, but in the end I had to fly back for a week so as not to lose my resident status. It sounds like you may not be able to renew it. Although in the process of requesting one again be sure that the USCIS knows your issues and that you had one before. I expect you’ll have a few hoops to jump. I do not think that online is an option. Maybe you could go to the US Consulate?

    I’m not a Legal rep, just another person going through the process.

  18. Lisa Says:

    OZKR- I found a lot of info at this link:

    It sounds like as long as you are still in the United States you won’t have any problem with an expired green card.

    From the USCIS online site- “When to Renew a Green Card

    You should renew your green card if you are a permanent resident with a Form I-551 valid for 10 years and the card is either expired or will expire within the next 6 months.

    Note: If you are a conditional resident and your status is expiring, these instructions do not apply to you. In that case, you must use Form I-751, Petition to Remove the Conditions on Residence, to apply to remove the conditions on your permanent resident status. For more information, see our Conditional Permanent Residence webpage.”

    I’m not a Legal rep, just another person going through the process.

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