USCIS Extends Validity of Green Card Extensions to 24 Months

USCIS extends green cards extensions
October 13, 2022

As of September 26, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will automatically extend the validity of green cards from 12 months to 24 months. This automatic extension applies to lawful permanent residents who file Form I-90, the Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card.

Lawful permanent residents who correctly file Form I-90 to renew expired or expiring green cards may get this extension. Before this change, individuals received Form I-90 receipt notices, which extended a green card’s validity by 12 months.

Now, USCIS has changed the language on the receipt for Form I-90 to extend the green card’s validity to 24 months for people with a newly filed Form I-90. On September 26, USCIS started printing receipt notices reflecting this extension. Following this change, green card holders can show the new recipe notices and an expired green card as evidence of their status. This extension should be helpful for applicants waiting for their renewal to be processed, as it proves their lawful permanent resident status.

Individuals waiting on replacement green cards can contact the USCIS Contact Center and ask for an appointment. However, this applies if they have lost their green cards and require evidence of their lawful permanent resident status. Once they file Form I-90, these individuals may receive an Alien Documentation, Identification, and Telecommunications (ADIT).

A green card typically takes approximately 10 to 12 months to renew. However, if there are any mistakes in the application, it may take longer. To help mitigate complications, applicants can obtain temporary proof of their permanent residence status while waiting for their renewal. This proof can be helpful for employment, travel purposes, and other requirements.

USCIS also updated Form I-796, Notice of Action. The form now extends Form I-551 for 24 months during the Form I-90 pending. In addition, because Form I-797 proves they filed Form I-90, individuals can use it with Form I-551 as List A documents for employment eligibility verification (Form I-9).

These changes are a few examples of how legislation shifts and alters the filing process for various forms. These changes affect Form I-9 because the rules for what documents qualify as identifying paperwork often change. The best way to confidently and correctly complete Form I-9s is by using an electronic I-9 management system. Tools like this help guide employers and hiring personnel through each step. Furthermore, it safely secures the form and accompanying documents for easy retrieval when needed.

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