U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced plans to require the renewal of green cards issued to about 750,000 legal permanent U.S. residents. Under the proposed rule, residents who have green cards without expiration dates issued between 1979 and 1989 will have 120 days to replace them with green cards that expire every 10 years — once the rule takes effect. The agency said it plans to replace the old green cards to update cardholder information, conduct background checks and make them more secure documents. Nearly one million longtime U.S. permanent residents likely will have to renew old green cards that carry no expiration date — a move seemingly aimed at catching and deporting felons, but one that immigration attorneys call yet another inconvenience for the vast majority of law-abiding residents. — Miami Herald, posted August 23, 2007.

What does this news mean to YOU? All people with green cards that do not have expiration dates will be required to apply for new green cards that will expire every ten years. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services requires all green card applicants, including those renewing their green cards to be FINGERPRINTED. If you have been arrested or convicted of any criminal offense, even misdemeanors, anytime in the past, the arrest or conviction will be disclosed after fingerprinting and you may be subject to DEPORTATION.

It is IMPORTANT that you seek legal advice before applying to renew your green card, especially if you have ever been arrested or convicted of any criminal offense. In certain cases, we may be able to have your plea, judgment, and sentence vacated so that it does not negatively impact your immigration status. In other cases, you may be eligible to apply for a waiver so that the conviction does not cause your deportation.


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