Legal Help You Need For Green Card Replacement
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If you’re not a U.S. citizen yet, living and working here means you need to ensure your Green Card is always in your possession and has accurate information about you. Apply for a replacement immediately with help from Takhsh Law P.C. if your Green Card was lost, damaged, or stolen.
Incorrect information about you on your card can have serious consequences for your:
- And future chance of obtaining citizenship
As soon as you become aware of an error on your Green Card, or you’ve legally changed biographic information such as your name, you must get a replacement as soon as possible.
Takhsh Law P.C. can help if you’re a:
- Conditional permanent resident
- Out-of-the-country resident
- Or with older permanent resident cards
CAN YOU RENEW AN EXPIRED GREEN CARD?
Yes, it is possible to renew an expired green card. You can apply to renew your green card if it has been expired for less than 12 months. If it has been expired for more than 12 months, you will need to apply for a new green card. It is important to apply for a renewal or a new green card as soon as possible, as living in the United States without a valid green card can cause problems for you.
Attorney Alen Takhsh can help if your green card is approaching expiration or has already expired, regardless if you’re a conditional permanent resident, out-of-the-country resident, or have an older permanent resident card. If your card is near expiration, a Green Card renewal attorney can walk you through the renewal process and help you understand everything you need to do to achieve success.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO RENEW YOUR GREEN CARD?
Renewal can take as long as six months or even longer, so if your green card is currently expired or you expect it to expire within six months, it’s vital that you seek legal help immediately. You may need a strong case backed by evidence to explain the lapse in your green card renewal.
At our law firm, we understand that the process of renewing your green card can be stressful and time-consuming. That’s why we work diligently to ensure that your renewal application is processed as efficiently as possible. On average, it takes about 3 to 5 months for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to process a green card renewal application. However, processing times can vary depending on the volume of applications and other factors. Our team of experienced immigration attorneys will work with you every step of the way to ensure that your renewal application is completed accurately and on time. Don’t let the stress of renewing your green card weigh you down – let us handle the details and help you get the peace of mind you deserve.
GREEN CARD RENEWAL LAWYERS
Takhsh Law P.C.’s green card renewal lawyer can work with you to organize your reasons for missing critical deadlines during renewal.
We are a trusted law firm that specializes in immigration law. Our team of experienced attorneys can help you navigate the process of renewing your green card and help you prepare for interviews such as the green card marriage interview. We understand that the renewal process can be complex and overwhelming, which is why we are here to guide you every step of the way. With Takhsh Law as your lawyer, you can feel confident that your green card renewal application is in good hands. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you renew your green card.
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What Does It Mean To Have A Green Card And Can You Travel On A Green Card?
What Does it Mean to Have a Green Card?
When you have a green card, it means that you are a legal permanent resident of the United States. There are two types of green cards. One is a conditional green card. The other one is a non-conditional green card or a permanent green card. The difference being that the conditional green card is good for two years, whereas the permanent green card, or legal permanent resident card, is good for ten years.
If you’re here on a green card and you want to travel outside the United States, are there rules or what are the rules about traveling abroad?
If you’re going to be spending a considerable amount of time outside of the United States, certainly there are rules to be mindful of, especially if you’re thinking about spending more than six months outside of the United States.
If you are going to be spending less than six months outside of the United States, generally speaking, you should be fine upon your return. However, if you spend more than six months but less than one year outside of the United States, then that raises a rebuttable presumption that you have abandoned your legal permanent residence. That’s an important presumption, but nonetheless, it’s rebuttable. What that means is that you can come back with evidence to show why you should not be deemed to have abandoned your permanent residence in the United States. I was in Greece because I needed to sell my property. I was in Italy because I had to undergo surgery. The reasons are countless. Now, if you are going to be spending more than one year outside of the United States, the presumption is that you’ve abandoned your residence, permanent residence in the United States, that presumption is no longer rebuttable. Legally, your green card is dead.
People here on a green card, by and large, are hoping to become naturalized citizens. So, if they’re here on a green card and they travel abroad, does that have any impact on that?
It does. In order to become a naturalized citizen, you have to meet certain criteria. Those criteria can be affected by how much time you spend outside of the United States. Most notably, you have to meet the continuous residence criteria and the physical presence criteria in order to become a naturalized citizen. If you spend a certain amount of time outside of the United States, your continuous residence and your physical presence can be affected as a matter of course.
I think what I hear you saying is that if you’re here on a green card and you travel abroad and you want to become a citizen, traveling abroad could have a serious impact on that. Is that right?
Absolutely. Any time that you spend outside of the United States can impact your future application for US. Citizenship, specifically as it relates to physical presence. Let’s assume that you file for citizenship tomorrow. Well, the law says that in the last five years, you better have spent half of that time in the United States. So, in other words, 60 months, at least 30 months in the United States. That’s what we mean when we say physical presence. But in addition to that, there’s also the continuous residence requirement. In other words, during this time during the five years, you have to have been continuously residing in the United States. And going back to what we were talking about earlier, any time spent outside of the United States based on exactly how long can affect that determination.
If you’re here on a green card and you travel abroad, how do you avoid jeopardizing your green card?
Good question. So, if you know that you’re going to be spending a considerable amount of time outside of the United States, then you would be well advised to obtain a reentry permit. And the way that you do that is you file form I 131 with US. Citizenship and Immigration Services. What that does is it allows you to remain outside of the United States for up to two years and allow you to return without jeopardizing your legal, permanent residence in the United States. Now, the time that you spend outside of the United States does not count towards the citizenship calculus, the amount of time that you’re supposed to be in the United States. But importantly, it protects your green card from being revoked.