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The U.S. Green Card is an official document issued by United States Citizenship
and Immigration Services which serves as evidence that you have been granted
permanent residency in the U.S. It is called the "Green Card"
because the original document issued by the immigration service was green.
Over the years, the card has gone through a variety of color changes,
including pink, but it is now green again. It is officially called an
"I-551 Permanent Resident Card".
To improve document security and keep tabs on immigrants who have been
engaged in criminal activity, the U.S. immigrant service in 1989 began
issuing green cards with a 10 year expiration date. As your expiration
date approaches, the law requires that apply to renew your card on a USCIS
Form I-90 Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card. If you lose
your green card, the law also requires you to file an I-90 to replace
your I-551 card.
Applying to renew or replace your green card is normally a straightforward
process. However, if you have been convicted of a crime, what should have
been an easy application can be extremely dangerous for your permanent
resident status and might lead to deportation from the U.S. To renew or
replace a green card, applicants are required to submit to biometrics
(fingerprinting) and a criminal background check. If the criminal background
check comes back with convictions or arrests, USCIS will request that
you turn in certified conviction records. Once the immigration service
obtains the records, whether through the immigrant or on its own, it then
decides whether you are deportable and should be placed in front of an
immigration judge for removal proceedings.
This is a huge shock to many immigrants. Non-citizens who thought they
had paid their dues for their crimes, who believed that they were safe
from deportation after living in the U.S. for decades, and traveled many
times out of the U.S. without being hassled by immigration, cannot believe
that they could now be put in ICE detention and deported. To avoid any
surprises, it is critical that you speak with a knowledgeable and experienced
immigration attorney at our firm to go over your green card renewal options.
For many non-citizens, we can find real solutions to avoid deportation
and even put you on the road to U.S. citizenship
For assistance with you application, contact an
immigration defense attorney in San Jose.
Immigration Defense Lawyer in San Jose
Daniel Shanfield, Esq. Immigration Defense assists clients in the San Jose
area with expiring Green Cards. We can help you with the renewal of your
card. Our firm is always ready to assist you if you encounter any problem
when you attempt to reenter the country with expired documentation.
Contact a San Jose immigration defense attorney
at our firm for assistance in renewing your Green Card.