Renewing Green Cards Without an Expiration Date
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A proposed USCIS rule would require all United States permanent residents with a green card without an expiration date to apply for a new and updated green card.
There are approximately 750,000 green card holders with a permanent resident card without an expiration date. These green cards were issued to individuals between 1977 and 1989. The old green cards with no expiration date (Form AR-3, AR-103 and I-151) will be valid until the USCIS sets a termination date for the cards, which will soon be published in the Federal Registry. While it is currently not required to update green cards without an expiration date, it is strongly recommended to do so. The total fee for renewing a green card is $370, which includes the $80 biometric fee. This is the same fee as any other permanent resident must currently pay to have his or her green card renewed. Click here to order the Green Card Renewal application guide.
The purpose of the new Green Card (Permanent Resident Card) regulations:
- Ensure that all green card holders have the latest tamper proof and secure version of the “Green Card”
- Ensure that all green cards have a recent photo and fingerprints of the bearer
- Ensure that all personal information of the green card holders is up to date, including recent finger prints, photograph, and background check
Critics of the proposed update come from permanent residents that are afraid of a denial of their green card application and removal from the United States.