Many people call the Coachella Valley immigration lawyers at Fong & Aquino LLP in a panic because their green cards are about to expire and they are concerned that the card’s expiration will subject them to deportation by the Trump administration.
A common misconception is that when a green card expires, that person’s protections as a lawful permanent resident also expire. The benefits of having a green card (such as being able to return to the United States after brief periods of international travel, and having current proof of the ability to work) may terminate when a card expires. However, one does not simply lose the status of being a lawful permanent resident when the card expires.
For those who would like to obtain a new green card, fret not! The process is rather easy and can be done online here. Shortly after the application is filed, USCIS will issue a biometrics appointment and you will need to appear in order to have your fingerprints taken.
However, individuals who have been convicted of criminal charges should consult a competent attorney prior to submitting the I-90 application to renew the green card. Certain criminal convictions can trigger ICE scrutiny and lead to the initiation of removal proceedings.