International citizens who become situated with the right to live and work in Mississippi receive a permanent resident card. This card serves the dual purpose of identification and validating work eligibility. An immigrant’s status determines how long the permanent resident card, also known as a green card, is valid, but it is time-sensitive and must be renewed or replaced before the expiration date. If it expires, you could lose your status as a legal permanent resident or conditional resident with all the rights and privileges they afford.
When does your green card expire?
The majority of green cards expire after 10 years. Six months prior to the expiration date, you will need to file Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card, to renew or replace it. If approved, you can continue living and working in the U.S.
Failing to keep your green card current could have serious consequences for you. If your card expires, it may prove difficult to confirm your identification. It could also impact your ability to work and travel outside of the U.S. The best option is to renew your green card six months before the expiration date.
If your status is conditional, your green card is good for two years. If you meet the conditions to apply for an adjustment of status, you will need to file a petition to request that the conditions of your green card be removed. This should be done 90 days prior to the expiration date on your conditional card. Provided you meet the eligibility requirements, you will receive a permanent resident card that is good for 10 years.
Additional reasons for renewal
You also need to replace your green card if the information on the card is outdated or if it has been lost or damaged. The timing of the receipt of your legal permanent resident status is also important; children who became legal permanent residents before the age of 14 will need a new card when they turn 14.
For the latest updates on renewals and replacements, you should visit the USCIS website for more information. You want to file on time so that you don’t miss any important deadlines.