Residents renew their green cards every 10 years using the Form I- 90 application Replace Permanent Resident Card . Form I- 90 can be used to replace the unexpired Green Card.
In addition to renewals , Form I- 90 can be used to replace the current green card in the following situations:
Conditional permanent residents are given a green card that is valid for two years. Form I- 90 should not be used for renewal of a conditional permanent resident status .
Within 90 days of a two-year shelf life, Conditional permanent residents are required to file a petition for " removal of conditions " from their Green Card . If conditional status based on marriage , you must submit Form I- 751 , Petition to remove residence conditions . If conditional status as an investor , you must submit Form I- 829 , Petition by Entrepreneur to Remove Conditions on Permanent Resident .
Once your petition is approved, you will get a new green card valid for 10 years. After this time , a typical process renewal ( including Form I- 90 ) must be used .
Green composition for card renewal
Applications for Green Card renewal may be denied for various reasons . Two of the most common reasons would be criminal activity and adjustment of immigrant category.
Criminal activity means that you committed a crime , and therefore no longer be regarded as a valuable asset to American society. However, this is really only applicable to larger crimes such as crimes. Minor offenses such as speeding tickets probably will not lead to the refusal of an application for Green card renewal .
If your application for renewal has been denied , you have the opportunity to ask USCIS to reconsider its decision. You may submit a motion to reopen or a motion for revision of the same service to deny your application. This will lead to USCIS to review your case and reconsider their decision .
" Any alien in the United States ... shall be issued a certificate of alien registration or alien registration card in such form and manner and at the moment are determined under regulations .... "
This means that any immigrant in the United States gives the green card. The INA also read:
"Every alien , eighteen years of age and over , shall at all times carry with him and have in his personal possession any certificate of alien registration card or alien registration issued to him .... Any alien who fails to comply with [ these provisions] shall be guilty of an offense ... "
This means that if you are an immigrant , you should always carry your green card with you.