Foreign nationals living in Georgia as permanent residents will need to renew their green cards periodically. This is done by submitting Form I-90 to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). In some cases, renewal applications will be denied, and there are several common reasons why the USCIS will reject a request to renew a green card. For example, a person may have committed a crime that is grounds for deportation after a visa expires.

It is important to note that there is no set list of offenses that could be considered grounds for deportation. Individuals could also have their requests denied by lying on the application itself. Those who receive help from friends, family members or legal counsel are generally required to disclose this fact. As a general rule, it is in a person’s best interest to be truthful on an application even if doing so may hurt that individual’s chances of remaining in the U.S.

Conditional permanent residents must only file Form I-90 to replace lost or damaged green cards. Doing so will likely result in an application being denied. Permanent residents may not be eligible to renew their existing green cards if they’ve been ordered removed from the country by a judge or if they’ve signed a stipulated removal order.

A person who’s interested in working in the U.S. might be able to do so by obtaining a valid visa. An employment immigration attorney may help a client obtain a visa or renew it at some point in the future. Legal counsel might also guide those who have criminal records or otherwise aren’t sure if they’re entitled to live or work in the U.S.