Whether you are applying for permanent residency or have been a permanent resident of the United States for some time, there are some things you should know about green cards (or, as they are also known, permanent resident cards). We’ll go through a few of these points in more detail below.
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What You Should Know About Green Cards
1 – Green cards can be temporary or conditional.
In truth, when someone is awarded conditional permanent residency status, their green card is only good for two (2) years. A petition to remove the condition must be filed with USCIS within 90 days of the card’s expiration date to convert a conditional green card to a permanent resident card.
If this step is skipped:
- The condition will not go away.
- The conditional card is non-renewable.
- The person’s status as a permanent resident will be revoked.
2 – Green cards do not require signatures.
The obligation to sign green cards may be waived by USCIS where cardholders are:
Individuals under the age of 18 who are physically impaired and so unable to sign green cards when these waivers are authorized, instead of the cardholder’s signature, the term “Signature Waived” will appear in the spot where the signature should be.
3 – Green cards must be renewed when they expire.
Green cards are typically awarded for ten years. This means that a green card will expire ten years after it was issued and will need to be renewed in order for the cardholder to keep his permanent residence status. Green card renewals can be done online or by mail, but they must be completed within six months of the card’s expiration date.
If you have an older version of the card (such as an alien registration card), you will need to replace it with a current green card (either now or within three months of your current card expiring).
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