My Green Card Expired, what happens now?

Becoming a legal permanent resident is a great accomplishment for most immigrants. Once you have your green card with you, you are granted a great number of benefits and can enjoy some peaceful time for a while.


However, many fail to notice that although you are granted a status of “permanent” residency, green cards actually have an expiration date and need to be renewed every ten years. if this is your case and you somehow noticed that your green card expired or is about to expire, we’ll explain what happens here.


Do I get a fine if my green card expired?

Perhaps your greatest concern is if you’re going to have to pay a fine if you don’t renew your green card on time.


Fortunately, there aren’t fines and you are not committing any felony if you do not renew your green card before its expiration date. Once you start the renewal process, you’ll pay the regular fee and complete your green card renewal process normally.


Problems you may face with an expired Green Card

Waiting too long to renew your green card will cause you many inconveniences and prevent you from completing some important processes and even leaving the U.S. Some of the biggest problems you may face are:


Not being able to get your professional license

There are certain professions that require you to have a professional license to continue working. Such as real estate agents, insurance agents, healthcare professionals, and many more.


In order to obtain that license, permanent residents need to have a valid green card. So if you plan to apply for or renew your license, be sure to check the expiration date on your green card first.


Missing job opportunities

Attractive job opportunities can appear at any moment and are not to be turned down. However, employers need to submit Form I-9 when they hire a permanent resident as their employee and to do that, you must have a valid green card.


So, if you do not have your documentation in order, you are likely to miss a great job opportunity. It’s better to renew your green card on time to avoid these lost chances.


Not being able to acquire property

As a legal permanent resident in the United States, you have the same possibilities as a citizen to buy a property and apply for mortgage loans. Nonetheless, at the time of making the purchase, you will be asked for a copy of your current document.


If you do not have your valid Green Card, the real estate agent will not be able to complete your purchase.



Renewing your driver's license

To renew your driver’s license, you need to have a valid green card and if you’re about to start this process, keep in mind that it could take up to 6 months in which lo will not be able to get a driver’s license.


Avoid the inconvenience of not being able to drive for so much time by starting your green card renewal process on time.


Re-enter the United States

One of the biggest problems that come with not renewing your green card comes when you try to travel abroad or re-enter the country.


Airport control will check if you have your necessary travel documents and one of those is your green card. Without your permanent resident card, you will not be able to board your plane.


On the other hand, if you leave the United States and your Green Card expires abroad, you will not be able to return to the U.S. normally.


You will have to go through a huge delay and pay a very expensive re-entry fee. You will also have to start your green card renewal process as soon as you re-enter the country. In some cases, officials could deny your entry to the country, so it’s best to avoid risks.


If your card expires while in the United States

If you have a scheduled trip and notice that your Green Card is about to expire, you can prevent problems by following these steps:


Start your Green Card renewal process normally by submitting your I-190 form. Your new document will most likely not be ready by the time you travel. However, this is the first step to get your I-155 stamp.


The I-155 stamp is put on your passport to prove you are a legal permanent resident and is valid for one year. To request it, you must call USCIS directly and make an appointment, this can take a few weeks, so you must plan your times carefully. This document is generally granted within 2 to 3 weeks after submitting your I-90 form.


If your card expires while you are abroad

Sometimes we simply miscalculate time, or something happens to us during our trip and we lose our Green Card. If you cannot board your plane back to the United States, you must submit Form I-131A, Application for travel document, and take it personally to the nearest consular office.


Within a period of 7 to 14 days, you will be granted a boarding pass with which you can return to the United States and, upon arrival, submit your application for form I-90.


The easiest way to file Form I-90

Renewing your green card doesn’t have to be a complicated process, but it’s always best to get help from experts. Using an online self-service tool is one of the best options available.


It simplifies the questions on the form and indicates the documents you need to send with it. If you are interested in this, you can start by completing a self-diagnosis to see if you can start the process.



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