A green card i-551 can be issued for two (2) years or ten (10) years. If your green card card is lost or needs replacement or renewal, call the Immigration Law Offices of Gail Seeram for assistance. We will file your application for a replacement green card i-551 and make an appointment for you to get a temporary green card i-551 stamp in your passport. Processing times for replacement a green card can vary from 6 months to 9 months so if your green card i-551 card will expire soon, apply at least 6 months before the expiration date. If your green card i-551 expires in two (2) years then call the Immigration Law Offices of Gail Seeram for assistance with preparing and filing your petition to remove conditions. In summary, if your green card i-551 expires in two (2) years then you have a temporary card and need to file a petition to remove conditions and if your green card i-551 expires in ten (10) years then you have a permanent card and would go through the normal renewal process. The green card i-551 evidences your permanent resident status in the U.S. As a green card holder, you can file a family-based immigration petition for an unmarried child under and over age 21 and a spouse. Though the processing times for these immigrant visas vary from 6-8 years it is recommended to file as a green card i-551 holder and upgrade the immigration petitions when you are a U.S. Citizen. Our law office can assist in preparing and filing your family-based immigration petition.