Obtaining a permanent resident card is not necessarily an easy thing to do. The government makes people jump through some hoops to get them, and when they finally do, the cards are only valid for so long. How long can immigrants in Michigan and elsewhere expect their green cards to be good for?

According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, permanent resident cards are typically valid for a period of 10 years. Very few have no expiration date. For those whose permanent resident status is deemed conditional, their green cards are only good for two years.

The process of renewing a green card is something one should start months ahead of the expiration date. The renewal process for a permanent resident card can begin up to six months ahead of the expiration date. For conditional green cards, the renewal process can be started 90 days before the card expires. While it is possible to seek a renewal after the expiration date, it is better to be on top of it and apply for renewal as soon as one is allowed.

The simplest of errors on a green card petition can cause one’s request to be denied, which can have a negative effect on one’s immigration status. Michigan residents who are interested in obtaining permanent resident cards or are to the point where they need to renew can turn to legal counsel for help. With the right assistance, the proper forms can be completed and filed without error and in a timely manner.