USCIS has always strived to make its services more customers friendly and at the same time with more efficiency. Gone are the days when people had to get the forms in person, fill it up by hand and then mail it to the USCIS. Many of the USCIS process have become online now and many are still in the process of becoming so.
Green card is going to expire? – Renew online
Green card renewal is a very important step in the life of a permanent resident. Even though the card gives the right to live and work in the US for an entire lifetime, the validity of it expires once in every 10 years. When it has still 6 months for the date of expiry or it has already crossed that particular date, then the green card holder should file in Form I-90, which is the application for green card renewal. This is where the latest technology comes to play. A green card holder can now file in I-90 electronically to renew online.
It is not a tough task as the applicant will be guided through each and every step of the electronic filing. For a green card holder to renew online, the very basic things that he/she would want is a computer with a reliable and fast browser, apart from having all the latest versions of pdf(as the application form is in pdf format only). Before going in to renew online, applicants should check whether they are eligible for this or the normal method of filing.
Applicants can go in for the e filing if
- They want to replace their already expired or is about to expire green cards.
- They want to change their name, address or any other biographic data on their card.
- They have an older version of the card and want to move to the latest one of the same.
- They have been commuters for so long and want to become permanent residents.
- They want to get a replacement of their cards in case of it getting stolen, destroyed or mutilated.
Step-by- step instructions to renew green card online
- Make sure that you have a system that has all the needed requirements for filling I-90 online IE version5.0 or higher; Netscape, version 4.7 or higher; compatible printer.
- Log on to the USCIS website and go to the E- filing page of green card renewal.( You should have a user account for this)
- Have in hand all the needed documents, credit cards ( for fee payment) before you start to renew online
- Fill in all the details that are needed to be filled in and then submit the form
- Check whether it has been successfully submitted – Receiving a receipt number on the web confirmation page with your application getting no longer listed in your saved applications folder or receiving a Form I- 797( Notice Of Action) within 10 days of submitting the application to renew online are indications of the same.
- Save the completed application on a USB or any other suitable device and print a copy of it
- Photographs, supporting documentations and biometrics should be sent to the USCIS after e-filing I-90. Only after they receive all this will they process the I-90
- You can keep track of your application by accessing the ‘Check Case Status’ on the USCIS website only after 48-72 hours after submitting your I-90 to renew online.
If at all you have any queries regarding your application status, you can always call the National Customer Service Center (NCSC) at 1-800-375-5283. USCIS always instructs applicants to read all the instructions that come with every form before filing it online. They are also instructed to read the ‘Avoid common filing E-mistakes’ link that is in the site.
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