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I'm a Muslim Pakistani citizen, US permanent resident. I

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I'm a Muslim Pakistani citizen, US permanent resident. I just applied for naturalization, but I'm worried about how the outcome of the presidential election will affect immigration processing times. My green card expires 12/2017. At what point do I need to start thinking about renewing my green card? What happens if neither application is processed or approved by next December? Do I face possible deportation?

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ANSWER: I know you are a little concerned, and I am really sorry to hear that you are feeling anxiety over the result. It is astounding, and I understand why it might raise serious concerns for immigrants. But take a deep breath; everything is OK.

The processing times should not be affected because you are talking about legal immigration issues. Any deportation is not done by the USCIS; rather by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). And I do not think it will happen that quickly anyway.

Moreover, the expiration of a green card does not mean your status as a permanent resident has expired. It just means your valid documentation proving your status has expired. If you've filed for naturalization already, and you did so with a valid green card, you don't have to get a new one. And to be honest, this should be done and you should have taken the oath long before December 2017.

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