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Expired green cards must be renewed before naturalization

Lawful permanent residents in Florida who wish to become naturalized U.S. citizens must apply for naturalization within six months of their green cards' expiration dates. If they don't, they will need to replace their green cards before they will be allowed to apply.

The United States Customs and Immigration Service takes the position that residents must apply for naturalization within six months of the expiration of their green cards even though they will not need the cards once they are naturalized. This means that people will have to order new green cards by completing the I-90 form to replace the cards and paying the fee.

While this might not make much sense since the people are permanent residents regardless of whether or not their green cards are expired, it is the rule that is followed in most districts. People whose cards have not expired and who wish to become naturalized U.S. citizens may want to apply while their cards are still unexpired to avoid the additional expense involved with applying for replacement green cards that won't be needed.

People might want to talk with immigration lawyers to get help with their immigration needs. If they are permanent residents who wish to become citizens, the attorneys may help them with gathering and filing all of the appropriate documents. Immigration lawyers may guide their clients throughout the naturalization process so that the clients are prepared and know what to expect. The clients may need to study so that they can pass the required tests and interviews. The lawyers may recommend good study materials that might help their clients to be successful with obtaining citizenship statuses.

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