When should I renew my green card?

If you are a U.S. green card holder and a permanent resident of the United States, you must renew your green card 6 months prior to its expiration date.  The same goes for your passport expiration.  The United States customs typically would not let you leave the country if the green card or passport expires within 6 months of the travel date.    So if you’re currently abroad and the 6 months target date is fast approaching, you should contact the local U.S. Consulate office as soon as possible.

How often do I need to renew my green card?

If you don’t plan to become a U.S. citizen but would like to continue the freedom to travel in and out of the United States without a vistors visa, you will have to renew your green card every 10 years.  And it’s highly recommended that you renew 6 months prior to its expiration.  Contact your local U.S. Consulate if you’re aboard and need more details.