What Is The Best Way To Get A Green Card Renewal Online?
Green Card renewal involves the filing of Form I-90 either through mail or online. The Online process of Green Card Renewal is known as Electronic filing and it involves the following three steps
Step 1: Going to the E-filing Log in Page on the USCIS website. After logging in, the applicant should file in the I-90, after which a checklist of all the required supporting evidence will be provided to him/her.
Step 2: Mailing the documentations to the Nebraska Service Center. One important thing to be noted here is that until and unless the applicants send in their documents, their green card renewal application will not be processed.
Step 3: Receiving an appointment to appear for the biometrics test. The applicant should go to the biometrics test along with the following
• Biometrics appointment notice
• Photo Identification – Passport, Driver’s License, Military Photo Identification or Identification card issued by the State
Who is eligible to go in for E-filing of Green Card Renewal Application?
Green Card holders who fall under any of the below mentioned situations can go in for the E-filing
•Having a Green Card that is about to expire within the next six months or has already expired or an older version
•Replacing a lost, stolen, mutilated or destroyed card
•Going in for an update due to a name change or biographic data change. Having taken up commuter status
•Taking up actual residence in the US after being commuter for so long.
•Automatic conversion of status to that of a permanent resident
•Filing Fee for E-filing of I-90
The total filing fee for the submitting the green card renewal application online is $ 450 - $ 365 is the application processing fee and $85 is the biometric fee
How to make changes in the E- filed application?
In case the applicant has an address change to be made on the E-filed I-90, then he/she can access the ‘Change of Address’ tab on the USCIS website and follow the instructions given.
Applicants who are going in for a Green Card renewal process due to changes in name or biographic data need to bring along a copy of the document with their changed name (marriage certificate) and proof to establish that the new data is correct respectively. The USCIS advises the applicants to bring in their proof to support any information change in person while coming to the Application Support Center. Written Correspondence will not be accepted by the USCIS.
Make a note of the following while going in for E-filing
The application should not be submitted more than once as the fee will be debited from the applicant’s bank account for every submission. Receiving a Confirmation receipt number is an indication that the application has been successfully submitted. Before clicking the ‘Finish’ tab, the applicant should note down the receipt number. An electronic PDF copy of the green card renewal application and the confirmation receipt number will be automatically generated at the end of the application process. It is advisable to take copies of this and save it for future reference.
How to withdraw the I-90?
A written request should be sent to the Nebraska Service Center if an applicant wants to withdraw or cancel the Green Card renewal Application. No refunds or return of the filing fee will be done.
Who cannot go in for E-filing of green card renewal application?
Persons who are conditional residents; who live outside the US, Guam, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands; who are applying for a fee waiver cannot use this option. When applicants are filing in I-90 due to the reason that they never received the issued Green Card or the issued card was with incorrect data due to the USCIS error, mailing the application is the only available option.
Similarly individuals who are filing in I-90 to renew their card within 30 days of becoming a 14yr. old and the existing green card will/will not expire, they need to file in a paper I-90 form.