What Should You Do if Your Green Card Expired or is Expiring Soon?
Become a US Citizen
Chances are, if your Green Card is expiring soon, you qualify to apply for United States Citizenship. In most cases, applying for citizenship is your best option. Becoming a US citizen means never having to deal with an expired Green Card again. You can find information on how to become a US citizen on our website or just give us a call. If your Green Card has expired or is expiring soon, get started right away with the citizenship process.
Renew Your Green Card
If citizenship is not something you want to pursue, and your Green Card is expiring soon, you can apply to renew your Green Card. Keep in mind that, as with all immigration matters, things move slowly. If your Green Card will expire in the next six months, it is a good idea to get the Green Card renewal process started. You may want to start even earlier than that if you are planning to travel in the next 12 months. The best way to avoid problems with your Green Card renewal is to have an experienced New Jersey immigration attorney, like those at Andres Mejer Law, help you through the process.
Common Reasons Why Green Card Renewals and Citizenship Adjustments are Denied
In most cases, there is no problem renewing a Green Card or applying for US citizenship if you work with an experienced NJ immigration attorney. However, there are plenty of things that can cause problems for you.
You committed a crime.
If you committed a crime (and were arrested or convicted) you may have a hard time renewing your Green Card or becoming a citizen. Violent crimes like armed robbery, rape, and assault will cause you problems for sure, but you will also have problems with things like domestic violence and driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Possession of a controlled substance may also be a problem, even if it is possession of a small amount of marijuana. If you have been arrested for any reason, you should contact an experienced immigration lawyer before renewing your Green Card or applying for citizenship.
You owe back child support.
If you have court ordered child support that you have failed to pay, you may run into problems renewing your Green Card or applying for citizenship. The best way to avoid this problem is to pay your child support, but if you cannot afford to pay it, you should go to the court that ordered it and ask for it to be adjusted. You may also be able to work out a repayment plan to pay back the arrears. If you owe back child support, you should contact an experienced immigration attorney to help you through the Green Card renewal process or citizenship application.
You haven’t filed taxes.
The IRS is serious about collecting taxes and you are required to file a tax return every year in most cases. If you owe back taxes or you have failed to file your tax returns, the IRS will likely leverage immigration law to get you to pay. Tax issues can cause you big problems with your application for citizenship or Green Card renewal efforts. We recommend that you seek the assistance of an experienced Long Branch immigration lawyer if you have tax problems.
Contact Us for Help with an Expired Green Card
An expired Green Card is not a panic situation, but you do need to take care of it before you start running into problems. You will have problems if your application to renew your expired Green Card is denied. That is why we recommend giving our experienced immigration lawyers a call. You should also contact us if you have had any interaction with law enforcement if your Green Card has expired.