USCIS Extends Green Card Renewal Validity To 24 Months – General Immigration


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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that
it is now automatically extending the validity of green cards
(Lawful Permanent Residence Cards) to 24 months instead of the
previous 12 months.

Overview

Individuals with lawful permanent residence status are eligible
for the extension if they properly file a Form I-90, Application to
Replace Permanent Resident Card, to renew a green card that
has expired or will expire soon. USCIS has updated the language on
Form I-90 receipt notices to reflect this change, and the agency
started to print amended receipt notices for those with a pending
Form I-90 starting Sept. 26, 2022.

Those who are affected by longer application processing times
can provide proof of lawful resident status by presenting their
Form I-90 receipt notice along with an expired green card.

A valid green card is essential for reentry to the U.S.
following international travel and initially evidencing work
authorization, among other considerations noted here. In most
cases, you are authorized to travel abroad and re-enter the U.S.
based on an expired green card together with the Form I-90 receipt.
Be sure to consult with your attorney.

Looking Ahead

Individuals who do not have a green card but who need to provide
evidence of their lawful permanent residence status while waiting
for a replacement green card can contact the USCIS Contact
Center
to request an appointment at a USCIS Field
Office. An Alien Documentation, Identification, and
Telecommunications (ADIT) stamp may be issued to show evidence of
lawful permanent resident status.

Originally published OCTOBER 4, 2022

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