Any legal Permanent Resident should renew their green card (Form I-551) every 10 years. Furthermore, if you are a permanent resident whose green card has expired or will expire within 6 months of the expiration date, you may begin the U.S. Green Card Renewal process by filing Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card.
However, If you are outside the United States and your green card will expire within 6 months but you will return to the United States within 1 year of your departure, before the card expires. You should file for your renewal card once you return to the United States.
How To Go About U.S. Green Card Renewal Process
Are you a permanent resident whose 10-year green card has expired or will expire within the next 6 months. You have two options for filing your Form I-90 application with USCIS:
1. Online E-Filing Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card.
2. Filing a paper Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card by mail.
To file online, kindly go to the Form I-90 Online Page.
Filing Your Form I-90 Form By Mail
You can submit a paper application, to the following address:
For U.S. Postal Service (USPS):
P.O. Box 21262
Phoenix, AZ 85036
For FedEx, UPS, and DHL deliveries:
1820 E. Skyharbor, Circle S, Floor 1
Phoenix, AZ 85034
Ensure you complete all sections of the form. Also, do not forget to sign your form, as it will be rejected if not signed.
It’s very important you keep your card updated. As an expired Green Card is considered an invalid card. And if you posses an invalid Green Card, it may be difficult for you to prove that you are a permanent resident. Also, it will affect your ability to travel or to prove that you are eligible to work in the United States.