Also known as permanent resident cards, a green card is a card issued by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services USCIS to immigrants who gain permanent resident status in the U.S.. There are a few ways to obtain a green card, including family green card options.
At Buhler Thomas Law, P.C., we’re here to help with all green card issues. The green card helps you prove that you’re authorized to live and work in the U.S. – but it’s not a permanent card, even if your status is. Let’s go over the basics here, plus how you can very easily keep track of when your card is going to expire and get yourself a new one.
Green Cards Not Permanent
When you get permanent resident status granted, it’s just that – permanent. However, the green card you receive to prove this status is not
permanent, and will be good for 10 years at a time in most cases.
It’s very important to renew your card before it’s getting ready to expire – you have to have it with you all the time. The ideal time to file an application to renew your card is six months ahead of the planned expiration date.
The expiration date on your green card can be found on the front side of the card, along with basic biographical information like name, date of birth, gender, country of birth and USCIS number. This information should all be very easy to find.
A green card becomes invalid on the day it expires, and this immediately becomes an issue for you as the holder. An invalid card affects your ability to travel or become employed in the United States, so it’s vital to get your renewal going ahead of time using form I-90. Also, while some previous green cards used to be issued without expiration dates, this is no longer the current practice and these older cards are no longer valid.
For more on green card expirations, or for any of our green card attorney services, speak to the pros at Buhler Thomas Law, P.C.