One of the most frequently asked questions we hear is:
“How do I renew my green card and do I need an attorney to do that?”
If you are a permanent resident with a 10 year permanent resident card (i.e., a green card) that has expired or is about to expire, you need to renew your green card. You can file an application to renew as early as 6 months prior to the expiration date. To renew, you will need to complete Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card. The instructions for the form are found online here. You can complete and submit the form online at www.uscis.gov or by mail. The fee for renewing your green card is $450. You do not need an attorney to fill out the form. Many people fill out the form for themselves. If you feel more comfortable utilizing an attorney, you can retain one to help you. Also, check out USCIS’s article and extended FAQ about it.
If your 10 year green card is up for renewal, you should also consider applying for citizenship. The process of applying for citizenship is lengthier and more document intensive, but the benefits of being a U.S. Citizen do outweigh the costs. For example, as a U.S. Citizen you will no longer need to renew your green card every 10 years, you may be able to maintain dual-citizenship in some circumstances, and you will have an opportunity to vote. Like renewing your green card, you do not need an attorney to apply for citizenship, but many people do retain an attorney to help them through the application and naturalization process. Feel free to contact us regarding pricing, whether you are wanting to renew your green card or apply for citizenship.