[Successful Case] 14-year-old green card renewal and new card issuance twists and turns
Green card, permanent resident, 14 years old,
According to the regulations, permanent residents who have obtained a green card before the age of 14 should apply for a new green card within 30 days of turning 14, take a new photo and enter fingerprints, so that the immigration system can keep their latest information.
Applicant: Alex (US permanent resident, age 15)
2017/07 Submit the I-90 green card renewal application due to the age of 14
2018/03 Received a notice from the Immigration Bureau requesting to explain the reason for the renewal
2018/03 Respond to the supplement notice and explain the reason again
2018/04 Received the notice from the Immigration Bureau to return the original green card (RFO, Request for Original)
2018/06 Responding to the notice to submit additional original documents, requesting an extension to return the green card
2018/07 The Immigration Bureau directly made a new card and sent it out
Mrs. Wen’s family obtained official green cards through EB-5 investment immigration a few years ago, but the whole family has been living in China. In the summer of 2017, they entrusted Tsang & Associates to apply for an express entry permit. When checking the documents, I found that Mrs. Wen’s eldest son, Alex, just turned 14 in June 2017. According to the green card renewal regulations, when he reaches the age of 14, he should get a new green card and take a new photo and record his fingerprints. Therefore, he submitted a green card renewal application for Alex. Application.
Mrs. Wen and her husband are busy with work and are not used to living in the United States, so the whole family has been living in China after getting the green card. Alex is studying in China and can only come to the United States during the winter and summer vacations. I have been asked many times when I entered the country before: Why not return to the United States to live? Why not come to America to study? Mrs. Wen originally planned to let Alex return to the United States to study when he became independent in high school, but she has been struggling with how to keep her son’s green card.
In the middle of a year, I experienced twists and turns such as supplementary documents and requests to return the original green card. Finally, the Immigration Bureau issued a new card in July. Mrs. Wen originally planned to give up the green card renewal application this time, but she did not expect to receive a new card in the end, and she was very happy!
Difficulties in this case:
Policy changes : For the renewal of the green card from 2018, the Immigration Bureau will return the original green card before issuing the new green card. In the past, the old green card was returned after receiving the new green card (similarly, residents during the I-829 pending period, now apply for I-829 -551 extension will also be required to return the green card, and I-829 approval will receive a new green card). This will cause great inconvenience to residents living overseas. Once the green card is taken away, they cannot enter the United States again unless the I-551 extension stamp is stamped in the passport before leaving.
Time connection : The immigration office notified in late April that the green card should be returned before July 10. However, Alex will go to the United States to attend a summer camp for two weeks in early July; he will come to the United States to participate in an important competition in early September. Mrs. Wen requested that both trips must go to the United States smoothly. If the green card is handed back during the period and the new green card cannot be received before coming to the United States, it will cause great trouble to Alex’s trip back to the United States. He needs to apply for additional travel documents , or go to the local immigration office to stamp the I-551 stamp when he is in the United States. As proof of permanent resident status, this is something that guests don’t want. Mrs. Wen intends to abandon this renewal application in order to keep her son’s existing green card for entering and exiting the United States, and then reapply after the competition.
After discussion, Zang Dikai’s legal team decided to request the Immigration Bureau to postpone the return of the green card on behalf of Alex. Zang Dikai United Law Firm (Tsang & Associates) issued a well-organized lawyer’s letter of explanation. He explained that Alex was unable to submit his green card on time because he was going to the United States to participate in a physics competition, and hoped that the Immigration Bureau would give special consideration to his situation and allow him to postpone the submission date. At the same time, he attached important proofs – Alex’s competition invitation letter and registration form, It is confirmed that he will indeed come to the United States to participate in the competition in early September.
Zang Dikai United Law Firm (Tsang & Associates) submitted a request for postponement of submission for Alex at the end of June, and a reply was quickly received a week later. After reading the lawyer’s letter, the Immigration Service stated that it would directly make and send a new green card.
Mrs. Wen was very happy after receiving the news. She originally wanted to give up the green card renewal application this time, but she never expected that the Immigration Bureau would be willing to issue a new green card directly, so that her son can go to the United States to compete without any worries. Thank you Zang Dikai United Law Firm (Tsang & Associates)’s work efficiency and professionalism made the application turnaround.
Reasons for renewing a green card generally include the following:
1. The applicant has not received a green card;
2. The applicant’s green card is lost, stolen or destroyed;
3. Renewal of the old green card;
4. The content of the green card needs to be updated;
5. The green card holder is over 14 years old;
6. The applicant’s green card expires;
7. Other circumstances.
Among them, renewing a green card at the age of 14 is the most easily overlooked. According to the regulations, permanent residents who have obtained a green card before the age of 14 should apply for a new green card within 30 days of turning 14, take a new photo and enter fingerprints, so that the immigration system can keep their latest information.
If you have any doubts about the green card, please contact Tsang & Associates.
*For more relevant professional information, please click the following articles to view:
Detailed Explanation of US Green Card Renewal Application
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On our DIY platform http://www.usldiy.com/ , you can read related operation guides:
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“Green Card Renewal Operation Guide–Old Green Card Renewal”
“Green Card Renewal Operation Guide-Green Card Content Needs to be Updated”
“Green Card Renewal Operation Guide–Permanent Residents Over 14 Years Old”
“Green Card Renewal Operation Guide-Green Card Expiration”
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