News - August 2010

“Green Cards” are Green Again and More Secure

USCIS has redesigned the permanent resident card, or “green card” to make it more secure, and has begun issuing the new card in green. While originally issued as a green colored card, hence its nickname, the card has long since been issued in white. The card (also known as the I-551 form) serves as proof of lawful permanent resident status, which includes authorization to live and work in the United States on a permanent basis. USCIS advises that the new 2010 design incorporates several new state-of-the art security features as part of its ongoing efforts to prevent immigration fraud.

A green card is valid for ten years (two years for conditional residents) and must be renewed when it expires. Existing cards, however, remain valid until they expire. While some older permanent resident cards do not have an expiration date and remain valid, USCIS recommends (but does not require) that holders of such cards replace them. The current cost of renewing or replacing a green card is $370, and application is made on Form I-90 which is available on the USCIS website.


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