Immigration Issues/Naturalization

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Hello,

First let me thank you for taking the time to review my inquiry.

My green card expires this March 2011. I have been a permanent resident since 1994, and now I would like to become a US Citizen to prevent the double expense of renewing the green card and applying for the citizenship.

If i submit the citizenship application now, do I also HAVE to renew my residence card?
or
by just submitting the citizenship application will be sufficient to stay legal in the country while the application is in process, without renewing the green card?

Please advice. THANKS A MILLION IN ADVANCE!

Answer
Hi,

Unfortunately, you must renew your green card even if the naturalization application is filed prior to expiration of your green card in March 2011. At the time of the naturalization interview you will be expected to provide unexpired green card.

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I can answer your questions on employment and family-based U.S. Immigration Law. Expertise in various immigration categories includes the following: H-1B, L-1, O-1, PERM (labor certification), EB-1 to EB-3 I-140 employment-based immigrant petitions, family or fiance(e) or spousal sponsorship, visa extension or change of status, adjustment of status, naturalization (citizenship), etc.

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Ajay K. Arora attended Pennsylvania State University and the University of Wales at Swansea (United Kingdom), and earned his law degree at Temple University School of Law, Philadelphia, in 1993. Mr. Arora has practiced Immigration Law since graduation and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association since 1995.

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Ajay K. Arora attended Pennsylvania State University and the University of Wales at Swansea (United Kingdom), and earned his law degree at Temple University School of Law, Philadelphia, in 1993. Mr. Arora has practiced Immigration Law since graduation and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association since 1995.

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