People who have green cards will occasionally need to apply to have them renewed. Renewal is necessary for permanent residents whose 10-year cards have expired or will do so within six months. In order to apply for a renewal card, people must submit a Form I-90 either online or via postal mail.
While people may think renewal is automatic, it is not. An application to renew a green card can be denied, and occasionally, one will be. If a person's renewal application is denied, he or she is unable to appeal the decision. Instead, they may then file either a motion to reconsider or a motion to reopen with the office that first issued the denial. The person must submit additional documents outlining new facts that would be presented if the case were to be reopened.