Foreign-born individuals who live in Georgia and have permanent residency status in the U.S. will need to renew their green cards every 10 years. The process of renewing a green card can be completed online or by mail by filing Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card.
A permanent resident in the U.S. should apply for a renewal of their green card if it has already expired or it is due to expire in the next six months. Although an application can be filed outside of the U.S., a person who is outside of the U.S. when their card expires should contact a U.S. Consulate before submitting Form I-90. Once an application for green card renewal has been submitted, the applicant can check the status of their application online after 72 hours.
An application to renew a green card is sometimes denied by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. When this happens, the applicant can file a motion to reopen or reconsider the case with the office where they submitted the application. In order to be successful in overturning a negative decision by USCIS, the applicant must be able to show that the decision was incorrect based on current laws and immigration policies.
A person may want to have legal assistance while renewing their green card to ensure that nothing goes wrong. An attorney who is familiar with US immigration law may be able to help an applicant gather all of the appropriate documentation that is needed to submit a successful application. If an individual's green card renewal application was denied, an attorney may be able to help them to appeal the decision.