USCIS Increases Automatic Extension Period For Certain Green Card Renewal Applicants – General Immigration


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On September 28, 2022, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
(USCIS) announced that certain Permanent Resident
Cards (also known as green cards) would automatically be valid for
twenty-four months from the expiration date of the green card based
on a properly filed application to renew an expiring or expired
green card. The increased automatic extension period, which took
effect on September 26, 2022, expands the twelve-month automatic
extension period previously provided.

Under the previous practice, in effect since January 2021, USCIS
automatically extended the validity of green cards up to twelve
months for lawful permanent residents who properly filed Form I-90,
Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card. In an effort to
provide applicants who experience longer I-90 processing times with
proof of lawful permanent resident status as they await their
renewed green cards, on September 26, 2022, USCIS:

  • “updated the language on Form I-90 receipt notices to
    extend the validity of a Green Card for 24 months for individuals
    with a newly filed Form I-90”; and

  • “began printing amended receipt notices for individuals
    with a pending Form I-90” to extend the validity of a green
    card for twenty-four months.

According to the press release, “[t]hese [revised] receipt
notices can be presented with an expired Green Card as evidence of
continued status.”

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