Green Card About To Expire? Learn How To Apply For Your Citizenship!

A Green Card is an identification card that someone receives upon becoming a U.S. lawful permanent resident. It acts as proof that you have been granted the right to be in the United States as a lawful immigrant. You are expected to carry your Green Card on you.

The Green Card is valid for Ten years and at the expiration of those 10 years, you need to renew your card. However, renewing your Green Card is quite expensive but you may wish to file in for your citizenship instead.

You must however begin this process before your card expires. There are 3 steps to follow when applying for US citizenship before your Green Card expires.

Step 1: N-400 Naturalization Form

This form have to be completed by a US permanent citizen to begin the naturalization process. Naturalization is the process of inducting a foreign national to a country as a citizen.

Requirements to File for Naturalization:

  • Applicant must have reached the age of 18 years or older
  • Applicant must have been in the US for at least 5 years, with half of those spent inside the US
  • Applicant must have lived in the States you plan to apply from for at least 3 months
  • Once N-400 form has been completed, you usually have to wait several months for the form to processed.

Step 2: Biometric Collection

While the processing is on going, you will be required to have your biometrics token. This means that you will have to make an arrangement with the government to attend a government facility where they will get your fingerprints.

Step 3: Citizenship Interview

Finally, you will have to present yourself for a citizenship interview. The interviewer will evaluate your understanding of English and US civics.

Once these steps are completed, you will receive a reply on your application. If you are eligible, you will be invited to an Oath Swearing Ceremony.

But, if you decide that you would rather renew your Green Card, you may have to follow different steps.