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QUESTION: I am a US permanent resident. My green card expired five years ago and I did not renew it, but I have not left the US since it expired. How do I go about fixing this issue?
THE IMMIGRATION ANSWER MAN – ARI SAUER: What you need to do now depends on whether you had a 10-year green card or a conditional 2-year green card.
If you had a 10-year green card then you need to file an application to renew/replace your permanent resident card. Even though your green card card expired, your permanent resident status did not expire. You are still a permanent resident, you just need to renew the card so that you can prove that you are a permanent resident.
If you had a 2-year conditional card then you are in a more complicated situation, as you had a requirement to file an application to request that the condition be removed from your residence during the 90 days before green card expired. Failure to do this could have resulted in USCIS revoking your permanent residence. Usually this situation is fixable, but you definitely should hire an immigration lawyer to assist you in correcting the situation.
Once the situation with your green card has been fixed, you should also look into whether you are eligible to apply for naturalization to become a US citizen. That way you don’t have to worry about remembering to renew your green card in another 10 years.
If you would like my assistance with this process or you would like to discuss this or other issues further, you can schedule a consultation with me by calling 1-800-343-4890 or 901-682-6455 or by clicking here to
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