Expired Green Card Creates 5 Big Problems

1.Getting a Job with an Expired Green Card

The I-9 is used to verify identity and permission to work within the US. If a green card is expired, employers should not accept it. To extend the validity of the card, file Form I-90 with USCIS and use the letter as proof of permanent residence. If lost, use an I-551 stamp inside a valid passport as proof of your permanent residence.

2.Obtaining a Professional License

Persons in certain professions must have a valid green card before obtaining a professional license, preventing it from expiring.

3.Reetering the US with an Expired Card

Traveling outside the US with an expired green card can be risky, as some airlines won’t board and CBP officers will require valid proof of lawful permanent resident status. Re-entry is at the discretion of the CBP officer.

  • If your green card expired inside the US

File a green card renewal application to extend the validity of the card for 24 months, and carry the expired card and letter as proof of permanent residence.

  • If your green card expired outside the US

Form I-131A, Application for Travel Document (Carrier Document), must be submitted at the nearest U.S. embassy or consular office to request a boarding foil for an expired green card.

4.Buying a House with a Loan

As a permanent resident, you are eligible for most home mortgages but must prove your status by providing a photocopy of your green card and Social Security number. Renew an expired green card within six months to avoid hassles.

5.Renewing a Driver’s License with an expired card

Proof of residency and legal presence is necessary to renew a driver’s license, but it can take several months to renew a green card, so contact your Department of Motor Vehicles to determine what you need.


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