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USCIS to Replace Sticker That Extends Validity of Green Cards

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USCIS has announced that beginning in January 2021, it will no longer issue the sticker that is usually affixed to the back of the lawful permanent resident (LPRs) expiring I-551 card (‘green cards’) to extend the validity of the card, after the filing of the Form I-90 application to replace permanent resident card.

Instead, the USCIS will issue a revised Form I-797 filing receipt notice that also includes language that will extend the ‘green card’s’ validity for additional twelve (12) months from the date of the expiration date of the ‘green card’ that is displayed on the front of the card.

USCIS instructs the LPRs to present both the expired ‘green card’, along with the new I-797 filing notice as temporary proof of the LPR’s legal status in the U.S. It will also serve to provide formal documentary proof of the LPR’s identity, and employment authorization, and authorization to return to the U.S. after temporary foreign travel abroad.

For those I-90 applicants who have not yet been issued their biometric appointment notice, and who have their ‘green cards’, they will not have to obtain their temporary proof of LPR status via their local application support center. Instead, starting in January 2021, those applicants who have filed their Form I-90 to replace their expiring ‘green card’ will receive the revised I-797 receipt notice via mail in about 7-10 days after the USCIS accepts their I-90 applications. The revised receipt notice will be printed on secure paper and it will serve as the evidence of identity and employment authorization in conjunction with their expired ‘green card’.

Also, applicants who have already been scheduled for biometric appointment will not receive the revised receipt notice. They will still be issued an extension sticker to be affixed to their expiring/expired ‘green card’ at their biometric appointment.

As the USCIS continues to update the general public with various changes to their filing procedures, we recommend readers to check with our site regularly for the latest information and updates.

Should you have any specific questions about the green card renewal application process, or more specific questions about your own cases, please contact our office to schedule consultation and we can assist further.