Does My “Green Card” Expire?


Your Permanent Resident Card (or “Green Card”) is proof of your permanent resident status in the U.S.   It also serves as an identification document and proof that you are eligible to live and work in the U.S.   Although some Green Cards, contain no expiration date, most are valid for 10 years.   If you have been granted conditional permanent resident status, the card is valid for 2 years.  It is important to keep your card up-to-date, as without a valid card, it may be difficult for you to prove that you are a permanent resident.  This could also affect your ability to travel or to prove your eligibility to work in the U.S.

If you were issued a card valid for 10 years that has expired, or will expire within the next 6 months, you should renew.   If you are a conditional resident with a card valid for only 2 years, you will need to file a petition to remove the conditions of your residence before the card expires. You may file this petition 90 days before your conditional green card expires.  If your petition is approved, you will be sent a new card valid for 10 years.  The filing of this petition is critical.

If the front of your card contains no expiration date, it is a very old version. Most old versions are no longer valid. Even if your card does not have an expiration date on it, you should apply to renew.

Topics:  Green Cards, Residency Status

Published In: Immigration Updates, Labor & Employment Updates

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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