The Green card issued by the USCIS is a proof your permanent resident status in the United States. The Green card has a validity of ten years, after which it expires. Though the Green card validity has expired, it does not mean your permanent resident status has expired. You need to carry a valid Green card with you at all times as required by the law. Only a valid Green card holder can find employment in the country and also can travel overseas and return to the country without any hassles. It is best to start the renewal process for your Green card six months before the expiry date, as the process to obtain a new Green card could take anywhere between four and six months.
To renew your Green card, you need to file Form I-90, Application for Renewal of Green card to the USCIS. While filing the application, you need to include a processing fees for the application.
The cost of renewing the Green card totals upto $639, which can be paid using Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover. If you are downloading and printing the filled form and sending it to the USCIS via mail, you can send the cash by money order or cheque.
The breakdown for the total application fees is:
USCIS filing fees: $455
Biometric fees: $85
Preparation fee: $99
If you cannot afford to pay the fees, you must file Form I-912 and pass the “inability to pay” test. If you are receiving public assistance, USCIS will waive your application fees.
In other exceptional cases, where your Green card was dispatched by the USCIS more than 30 days earlier and you have not received it, provided you still reside at the same address given, or if there is any error in your information on the Green card issued by the USCIS, you need not pay the application fees again.