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Can I Travel While My Green Card Renewal is on the Process

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					          Can I Travel While My Green Card Renewal is on the Process?

You may travel abroad if you had applied for Green Card renewal and if the application
    is pending. While you file Green Card Renewal Form I-90, for Green Card renewal,
 USCIS will verify your application and attach a sticker to your Green Card. That Green
 Card with a sticker will serve as a proof of your status until you get a Green Card valid
 for ten years. That is only a temporary proof of your lawful status and you may present
 that Green Card with the sticker, to show that you are a lawful permanent resident and
  that you had applied for Green Card renewal. Remember that you may not be able to
 file Form I-90, if your Green Card expires while you are outside the United States. You
 will have to contact an overseas US Consulate before filing Form I-90, for Green Card
renewal. If you find that your Green Card is going to expire, it is recommended to file an
             application for Green Card renewal before you leave the country.

   As Green Cards are valid only for ten years, those cards must be renewed before
    expiration. A permanent resident card is the one that proves that you are a legal
 resident of the country and hence it is important to hold a valid Green Card. If you file
  Form I-90, for Green Card renewal, you may travel abroad and return to the United
  States with the temporary stamp on your Green Card. That stamp will be valid for a
year. While you re-enter the United States with an expired Green Card, you will have to
wait for a long time at the US port of entry, during the inspection process. To avoid such
   delays, you may file an application to renew your Green Card, before leaving the
   country and you may provide the temporary documentation that you receive while
                 applying for Green Card renewal, at the US port of entry.

  If you had not applied for renewal prior to your travel, you will have to provide various
 identity documents and you must satisfy the immigration officer, stating a valid reason
   why you had let your Green Card to expire. Moreover, re-entering the United States,
  with an expired Green Card, will become more difficult if you had resided outside the
 country for more than 6 months. USCIS generally processes the Green Card renewal/
   Renovación De Green Card applications and issues Green Cards within five months
from the date of your application. As a proof of your lawful status, USCIS will issue you
a temporary proof of your lawful permanent resident status, while you apply for renewal.
This temporary proof will be sufficient to establish that you are a permanent resident of
                                    the United States.

  While you return to the United States after a temporary travel, you will be required to
  present your Green Card at the US port of entry along with other identity documents
 such as foreign national identification card, US Driver’s License, etc, to prove that you
   are eligible to enter into the country. While you present an expired Green Card, the
  process gets complicated and hence to avoid delays, you may apply for Green Card
  renewal before leaving the United States and present the temporary documentation
  while returning to the United States. Hence, you may travel while your application for
                               Green Card renewal is pending.

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