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USCIS Extends Automatic Green Card Validity to 24 Months for
Green Card Renewals
Effective Sept. 26, 2022, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration
Services (USCIS) automatically extended the validity of Permanent
Resident Cards (also known as Green Cards) to 24 months for lawful
permanent residents who file Form I-90, Application to Replace
Permanent Resident Card.
Lawful permanent residents who file Form I-90 to renew an
expiring or expired Green Card may receive this extension. Form
I-90 receipt notices had previously provided only a 12-month
USCIS has updated the language on Form I-90 receipt notices to
reflect this new extension period and is currently printing amended
receipt notices for individuals with pending Form I-90s. Please
note that USCIS has not provided clarification on whether
applicants whose I-90 applications have been pending for more than
12 months may use their existing I-90 receipt notices (before
getting the new amended receipt notices) for international travel.
Our office is monitoring the developments of this new rule and will
send an updated alert once further clarifications are provided by
Individuals can present these 24-month extension receipt notices
with expired Green Cards as evidence of continued status.
If you no longer have your Green Card and need evidence of your
lawful permanent resident status (for international travel or
employment) while waiting to receive your replacement card, you may
request an appointment at a USCIS Field Office to obtain an Alien
Documentation, Identification, and Telecommunications (ADIT) stamp
after you file Form I-90. For more information, visit USCIS’ Replace Your Green Card page.
If your mailing address changes while your case is pending,
please update it through your USCIS Online Account, if you have one.
Registration for 2024 Diversity Visa (Green Card) Lottery Opens
Oct. 5, 2022
The U.S. Department of State will begin accepting online
registration for the 2024 Diversity Visa (DV) lottery starting
Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2022, at noon EDT. For Fiscal Year 2024
(FY2024), the DV lottery will allow a maximum of 55,000
“diversity immigrants” to obtain permanent residence in
the United States if they are from countries with low rates of
immigration to the United States. Entries for the DV-2024 lottery
must be submitted electronically by noon EST on Tuesday, Nov. 8,
2022. Applicants may access the electronic Diversity Visa entry
form (E-DV) at during the registration
period. Paper entries are not accepted.
The DV lottery is administered on an annual basis by the U.S.
Department of State. For FY2024, natives of the following countries
remain ineligible to apply for the DV lottery because the countries
sent a total of more than 50,000 immigrants to the United States in
the previous five years: Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China
(including Hong Kong SAR), Colombia, Dominican Republic, El
Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria,
Pakistan, Philippines, South Korea, United Kingdom (except Northern
Ireland) and its dependent territories, Venezuela and Vietnam.
Persons born in Macau SAR and Taiwan are eligible. Instructions for
entering the DV-2024 lottery are available at the U.S. Department
of State website: Diversity Visa Instructions (state.gov).
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