How Long To Renew A ‘Green Card’ (I-551) In 2016 — 2017? About 5.8 Months.

by Anura Guruge


Got my new Green Card, valid till 1/19/2027. I was relieved and happy.

It took 177 days from online application for renewal (along with the (now) $450 processing fee). 5 months and 24 days. Not bad. Just short of six months.

I had applied for renewal on August 1, 2016. I had meant to apply two weeks earlier. My 2007 Green Card was set to expire on 1/12/2017. You can’t apply for renewal more than 6 months ahead. I had ‘lost’ 2-weeks and essentially applied 5.5 months prior to expiration.

Within 10-days I had a letter with my fingerprinting appointment — on August 26, 2016. So that wasn’t bad. 25 days into the application.

I had my fingerprinting done in Manchester, New Hampshire. A new facility (closer to Bedford) than the one that I had visited 10 years ago. Very nice. Very slick. Very friendly. It was a pleasure. The lady who did all the ‘biometrics’ stuck a neon, hightech sticker on my existing Green Card and told me that it was now valid until May 26, 2017. 9 months out! I was kind of shocked. I asked her whether it could take that long. She smiled and said that sometimes it does and that they just give themselves leeway. I was hoping it would not take that long.

It did NOT. I am impressed and happy. Very smooth and slick process. It even came with USPS tracking — though the envelope was very innocuous. I am happy and proud about the tracking. That was my suggestion from 10-years ago and I had been assured that they would look into that. They had. IMPRESSIVE.

So, caveats as to how long it might take. So mine took 5 months, 3 weeks and one day.


  1. I have had a Green Card for 30-years, and as such they know me quite well. Yes, since August 1986.
  2. I tend to stay in one place for relatively long periods and had been at this house for over 9 years when I applied in August. That minimizes the searches they have to do.
  3. I do not have a criminal record! That, I am sure, helps because I do know that they run some elaborate fingerprint searches.

So, that is as much as I can tell you. Hope that helps. 6 months, as a rule of thumb, sounds good.

The new card is AMAZING. High tech beyond imagination. Wow. No, I am not going to post an image of it. {SMILE} 

P.S., They are concerned about it being read wirelessly! Will have to see what that is all about. 

by Anura Guruge

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