You can just request expedited processing if you drop off the documents in an office or over the phone if you sent them by email or through a website.
A green card, so called because of the specific font color and background, is a common term for a permanent resident permit in the United States. Although they are said to be “permanent”, green cards expire in ten or two years, depending on the category of residence you have or will have. And, as with all documents that need to be submitted, it takes time for the documents to be processed and the card to be released. Now, with many offices closed and more and more people changing their residency status, the process can take months. Here are five ways to speed it up!
- Be informed in advance
Before you even begin the legal process of obtaining a green card, educate yourself as much as possible. See what type of documents you will need and what type of copy you should have. Does it have to be certified? Does it have to be accompanied by the original document? There are also different categories of cards to apply for, so find out more about these categories.s! Stay on top of the process by making sure your business knows everything there is to know about it before you even start it. It will save you time and energy and it always helps to be prepared.
- Online services are your friends
Instead of queuing and queuing, you can still file your application online. There are several websites that help you through the process including official government ones so you can take your pick. Click to find out more on how you can apply for your green card online and avoid waiting hours. Plus, digital documents take less time to process because moving them from one desk to another is as easy as a few clicks, and there’s no risk of loose papers being lost. If you can, stay tuned!
- Check everything before you apply
Before submitting any forms and requests, double check and then double check to make sure you have all the documents you need. Follow the government tips found on the USCIS page to make sure all of your documents are in order. This will save you from having to go back and forth between an office and your home, various offices, or emails back and forth. If you have everything in order, the process will go smoothly and it will take less time between the time you apply and the time you have your card.
- Give yourself a head start
Start gathering documents and information a few months before the six-month submission period before your current card expires, and request a renewal at least a few weeks in advance. Don’t leave anything for the last moment, so you won’t have any unpleasant surprises. It might not seem like it saves you time, but energy, but by giving you a head start, you have time to check everything out, which leads to the point made above.
- Request expedited processing
Not many people even know it’s an option, but it is. You can just request expedited processing if you drop off the documents in an office or over the phone if you sent them by email or through a website. Expedited processing will make processing faster, but you should only use this solution if you really need to. Otherwise, you are competing for time with those who really need their green card ASAP, so rely on other methods to get your green card on time.
At the end of the line
Here are five tips to get your green card faster! Have we missed any good ones? Have you tried any of them and got no results? Let us know in the comments below and don’t forget to share your experiences with us! You could end up helping someone who needs to renew their green card!