Oxnard, CA asked in Immigration Law for California

Q: Can I work even if my permanent residence card is expired...

I have my residence card since the age of 16. My father help my sisters and mother obtained the residence card after becoming a citizen of the US. I been of work since 2012 and I did not know that it expired that same year. My question is can I still work in the US in order to pay my fee and renew the card. Or can I just applied for my citizenship instead please help.

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Nasir Khan
Nasir Khan
  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • Murrieta, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: Hello there,

If you're going for citizenship, I always recommend you have a valid, renewed green card before doing so- that way, there's no problems regarding your green card's validity at the interview. If you've had your green card for 5 years though, and you're crime free, you are qualified for citizenship- it's just a question of getting all your evidence in order. Consider consulting with an experienced immigration attorney on how to move forward. To answer your other question though, yes, you may still continue to work, provided your green card was intended to be permanent and not some temporary form. I hope that helps!

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