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#1 rogerluli

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Posted 28 January 2018 - 10:10 AM

Greetings all... :bye1: 

 

It seems that having a green card is nowhere near as secure as was once thought so the wife has finally agreed that she must become a USC...Here's the deal... :huh: Her GC expires in December 2018...I read that currently it is taking 5-8 months to get through the process after application...She is going to China in April until July so we cannot apply until she returns I expect...Bottom line is that her GC may have expired before she has gone through the Citizenship process...Is that a big problem... :yikes: or not... :gleam: 



#2 Randy W

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Posted 28 January 2018 - 11:08 AM

Greetings all... :bye1:

 

It seems that having a green card is nowhere near as secure as was once thought so the wife has finally agreed that she must become a USC...Here's the deal... :huh: Her GC expires in December 2018...I read that currently it is taking 5-8 months to get through the process after application...She is going to China in April until July so we cannot apply until she returns I expect...Bottom line is that her GC may have expired before she has gone through the Citizenship process...Is that a big problem... :yikes: or not... :gleam:

 

Hey there, Roger !

 

No - you simply file an I-90 for a replacement card. Her green card status doesn't expire. She DOES have the 10 yr card, RIGHT ??!?

 

This pretty well covers it - Renew a Green Card

 

 

If you want to look into avoiding the $455 fee for the I-90, read this and let us know how it turns out -

 

Applying for U.S. Citizenship With an Expired Green Card

It's usually best to renew your green card before you apply for naturalized U.S. citizenship - but it's not strictly required.
 
 
 
The INA says
 
Every alien, eighteen years of age and over, shall at all times carry with him and have in his personal possession any certificate of alien registration or alien registration receipt card issued to him . . .. Any alien who fails to comply with [these provisions] shall be guilty of a misdemeanor  ...

 

 

 
Seems like they said 5 or 6 months processing, but I'm not seeing where they said it.


#3 Randy W

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Posted 28 January 2018 - 11:17 AM

I found this for the processing time

 

https://www.immihelp...0302#post550302



#4 dnoblett

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Posted 28 January 2018 - 11:53 AM

Permanent residence status does not expire with the card, the rule is a person should file an I-90 to get a new card at their earliest convenience around or after it expires.

 

In your case, if filing an application for naturalization you could do so now and if the citizenship interview happens before the card expire date great, if not and it happens after that date, again it's not a big issue.

 

If really needing evidence of residency status, then file an I-90 around 90 days prior to expiration to get a new card, but it would suck to pay the $455 to get a new green card only to obtain citizenship around the same time the card gets replaced and then turn in that $455 greencard.



#5 rogerluli

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Posted 28 January 2018 - 12:56 PM

Thanks very much for the info guys... :flowers_and_kisses: It would seem we are pretty safe in applying in July for USC when her GC expires in December...Yes I would certainly want to avoid paying $455 for basically nothing... :angry: on top of the N-400 fee...

 

I could mail in the competed application while she is still in China but if she was called in for Biometrics before she got back it could be a problem and really set things back...




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