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Expiring I-551 Green Cards

If you aren’t a US citizen, one way to live and work in the country is through a green card. The most common green card is the form i-551 green card. Your attorneys at Los Angeles Legal Advocates can help you obtain it.

What is form i-551? 

The form i-551 is better known as the form i-551 permanent resident green card. This is a green card that allows you to live and work in the United States for a period of time. Because naturalization eligibility requires you to already be a United States permanent resident for a certain amount of time, a form i-551 green card is a necessary step in the process towards citizenship.

How long does an i-551 green card last? 

A form i-551 green card grants you permanent residency in the United States for a period of 10 years. It may be renewed before it expires. After the form i-551 stamp expires, you may be removed as a permanent resident by an immigration judge. You may begin the process of applying for naturalization within 3-5 years of receiving your green card.

What to do if your i-551 stamp expired ? 

Immigration proceedings can often take long months or even years, during which time your i-551 stamp may expire. In some cases, this can happen even as you apply to renew your green card. If this happens, you are still a legal permanent resident unless removed by an immigration judge. The reason this can be problematic is that your stamp serves as proof of residence. You need this in order to complete many other immigration filings.

If your form i-551 permanent resident green card stamp expires,the first thing you should do is contact your attorneys at Los Angeles Legal Advocates. We will help you file the proper forms and defend your right to stay in your home. 

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