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Navigating the I-90 Renewal Process: Your Guide to Success

Embarking on the journey of renewing your permanent resident card (green card) through the I-90 application process is a significant step in maintaining your legal status in the United States. In this blog post, we will explore the key aspects of the I-90 renewal process, providing you with essential information and guidance to navigate this important immigration procedure.

Understanding the Purpose of Form I-90:

Form I-90, officially known as the Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card, serves the purpose of renewing or replacing your expiring or expired green card. It is crucial to initiate this process well in advance of the expiration date to avoid any gaps in your legal status.

Eligibility and Timing:

Before diving into the renewal process, it’s important to understand the eligibility criteria and timing considerations. Typically, you are eligible to file Form I-90 if you are a permanent resident with a green card that will expire within the next six months or has already expired.

Initiating the I-90 Renewal:

The I-90 renewal process starts with the completion and submission of the application form. We’ll guide you through the necessary information, supporting documents, and fees required for a successful submission.

Biometrics Appointment:

After submitting your I-90 application, you will be scheduled for a biometrics appointment. During this appointment, your fingerprints, photograph, and digital signature will be collected to verify your identity and conduct background checks. We’ll provide insights into what to expect during this crucial step.

Case Status Tracking:

Once your application is submitted, you can track its progress through the USCIS Case Status Online tool. We’ll discuss how to use this tool, understand different case status updates, and what they mean for the progression of your renewal.

Requests for Evidence (RFE):

In some cases, USCIS may issue a Request for Evidence (RFE) seeking additional documentation or clarification. We’ll explore what RFEs are, why they are issued, and how to respond effectively to ensure a smooth processing of your application.

Approval and Receiving Your New Green Card:

Upon successful processing, you will receive an approval notice and eventually your new Green Card by mail. We’ll discuss what to do once your renewal is approved and how to handle the transition to your new card.

Expedited Processing Options:

For those with urgent travel needs or specific circumstances, we’ll explain expedited processing options, providing guidance on eligibility criteria and steps to request an expedited review of your application.

Staying Informed on USCIS Updates and News:

We’ll keep you informed about the latest USCIS updates, policy changes, and news affecting I-90 applicants, ensuring you stay up-to-date with any developments that may impact your renewal process.


Renewing your Green Card through the I-90 process is a vital step in maintaining your legal status in the United States. This comprehensive guide aims to empower you with the knowledge and confidence to navigate the I-90 renewal journey successfully. If you have any specific questions or need personalized assistance, our team is here to support you at every stage of the process.

Filing for I-90 Will Automatically Extend Your Green Card for 12 Months!

Filing for I-90 Will Automatically Extend Your Green Card for 12 Months!


USCIS announced a new policy that will help green card holders whose green cards expire while Form I-90 is pending. This is great news, except that this policy should not be necessary because USCIS should be processing Form I-90 much, much, much quicker than the current processing times.

What does this all mean? When a person has a ten-year green and is six months away from the expiration of the card, that person can file Form I-90 to renew the green card. In recent years, Form I-90 would be processed in as little as one month, a reasonable amount of time for a basic document to be renewed for a person with lawful permanent resident status. In recent months, however, Form I-90 processing exceeds 6, 7, 8 months and more. Since a person cannot file Form I-90 more than six months prior to its expiration (unless the card was lost or had an error), then of course the person would end up with a pending I-90 and no unexpired proof of her green card status. To fill the gap between the green card expiration date and the receipt of a new green card, USCIS is provided a Receipt Notice for Form I-90 that serves to extend the green card by 12 months.

Unfortunately this policy only begins this month, so my clients who filed cases last year still have no approved I-90 and do not have a Receipt Notice that serves to extend their status. In those situations, we can call USCIS to request an in-person appointment at USCIS to get a stamp in the foreign passport or sticker on the green card to serve as proof of continued LPR status.

If you have a ten-year green card, you should consult with an attorney about whether you are eligible for US citizenship/naturalization. If you become a US citizen, you never need to worry again about your expiring green card!

See USCIS to Replace Sticker That Extends Validity of Green Cards | USCIS for more information about this new USCIS I-90 policy.

Should I file to renew my permanent resident card if I have a pending N-400 naturalization application?

Yes, if your card will expire within six months of filing an N-400 form with the USCIS. No, if you file Form N-400 while your card is valid for at least 6 months. You must be eligible to file Form N-400 at the time you file, regardless of the expiration date of your “green card.”

If you file according to the above timelines, you will be able to obtain proof of your status—a stamp in your passport called “Alien Documentary Identification and Telecommunication” (ADIT) stamp as temporary proof of permanent residence.

Are you looking for legal assistance from an immigration attorney? Ellen Sullivan, P.T. is located in Cambridge, MA and specializes in immigration law. Call (617) 714-4375 or email ellen@ellensullivanlaw.com to schedule an appointment with Ellen.