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California Green Card Renewal Process 2024 Explained – Step by Step

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California Green Card Renewal Process 2024 Explained – Step by Step

If you are a lawful permanent resident (LPR) in California and your green card is set to expire, it is important to understand the renewal process and take the necessary steps to renew your green card before the expiration date arrives.

Whether you are renewing your green card for the first time or have gone through the process before, here is what you need to know to successfully renew your green card and maintain your status as a lawful permanent resident in California.

The Length of Green Card Renewal Process in CA

You should file your green card renewal application within six months of the expiration date of your current green card. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will take approximately eight to 12 months to issue you your new green card, so it is important to initiate the renewal process as soon as possible.

Unpacking the CA Green Card Renewal Process Step-by-Step

The California Green Card Renewal Process involves several steps you should be aware of to ensure you renew your green card successfully.

Step 1: Gather the Required Documents

Gather all the necessary documents required for the renewal application. These documents include the renewal application form (Form I-90), a copy of your current green card, and any other supporting documentation as needed.

Step 2: Complete the Application

You should complete the green card renewal application (Form I-90). The application requires information about your personal details, immigration history, and criminal history if any. You should also complete the form for E-Notification of application acceptance (Form G-1145).

Step 3: Pay the Filing Fee

The filing fee in 2024 is currently $455. Depending on your situation, you may have an additional biometric fee of $85 to pay. To pay the I-90 filing fee for your California green card renewal application, you have a few options:

  • Pay online. To do so, you must create an account on the USCIS website and follow the instructions provided.
  • Pay by mail. If you prefer to pay by mail, you can send a check or money order payable to the “U.S. Department of Homeland Security” along with your application.

It is important to note that USCIS may reject your application if you do not pay the correct filing fee or if your payment is not processed successfully. Therefore, it is recommended that you double-check the fee amount and payment instructions before submitting your application.

Step 4: Submit the Documents

After completing the application, you must submit it to USCIS, along with the required filing fees and any supporting documents. You can file your application either online or by mail.

Step 4: Attend a Biometrics Appointment

After submitting your application, USCIS will schedule a biometrics appointment to collect your fingerprints, photograph, and signature. This appointment is required to verify your identity and conduct a background check.

Step 5: Wait for Approval

Once USCIS has received your application and completed the necessary background checks, you will receive a decision on your green card renewal application. If your application is approved, USCIS will issue you a new green card with an updated expiration date.

Step 6: Take Action on Denied Applications

If your green card renewal application is denied, USCIS will provide a reason for the denial. You may be able to appeal the decision or file a motion to reopen or reconsider your case.

By following these steps, you can successfully renew your green card and maintain your status as a lawful permanent resident in California.

FAQs About California Green Card Renewal Process

Why Do People Get Green Card Renewals Rejected in CA?

The reasons why a green card renewal application may be rejected in California are similar to those that can cause rejections in other states. Here are some of the most common reasons:

  • Incomplete or incorrect application
  • Failure to meet eligibility requirements
  • Filing after the expiration date
  • Missing or incorrect filing fee
  • Failure to attend the biometrics appointment
  • Criminal history

It is important to carefully review all application requirements and ensure the application is complete and accurate before submitting it to USCIS to avoid any potential rejection.

How Do I Know if My Green Card Renewal Has Been Approved?

You can check the status of your green card renewal application to see if it has been approved by following these steps:

  • Go to the USCIS Case Status Online page.
  • Enter your 13-character receipt number in the space provided. You can find this number on the Notice of Action (Form I-797) that you received after filing your application.
  • Click on the “Check Status” button. The next page will show you the current status of your application.

Alternatively, you can sign up for E-Notifications using Form G-1145.

How Much Does It Cost to Renew a Green Card in CA?

As of March 2024, the filing fee to renew a green card in California is $540. This fee includes both the application fee and the biometrics fee. However, USCIS fees are subject to change, so it is always a good idea to check the USCIS website for the most up-to-date fee information before submitting your application. In addition to the USCIS filing fee, you may also need to pay attorney’s fees if you choose to hire an immigration lawyer to assist you with the green card renewal process.

Can I Renew My Green Card if I Got a Misdemeanor in CA?

In most cases, a misdemeanor conviction should not prevent you from renewing your green card in California. However, if the misdemeanor was related to certain crimes, such as fraud, drug trafficking, or a crime of moral turpitude, it could affect your ability to renew your green card.

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