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USCIS Automatically Extends Green Card Validity Extension to 24 Months for Green Card Renewals

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USCIS has announced that starting on September 26, 2022, it is automatically extending the validity of Permanent Resident Cards (also known as Green Cards) to twenty-four (24) months for lawful permanent residents who have filed Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card.

This increase in validity period is available to eligible renewal applicants who properly file Form I-90 to renew an expiring or expired Green Card. Earlier, the Form I-90 receipt notices had granted a twelve (12)-month extension of the validity of the Green Card.

On its end, USCIS has updated the language contained in the Form I-90 receipt notices to extend the validity of a Green Card for 24 months for persons with a newly filed Form I-90. Also, starting on September 26, 2022, USCIS began to print amended receipt notices for applicants who have pending Form I-90.

These receipt notices can be presented along with the expired Green Card as proof of continued legal status in the United States.

This change should be welcome news for many eligible I-90 applicants whom, through no fault of their own, and because of the USCIS’s prolonged processing backlogs, have had to try and schedule an appointment with local USCIS field office to obtain stamp in their passport for temporary proof of legal status in the U.S.

USCIS also clarifies that if the I-90 applicant no longer have their Green Card in hand, and they still need evidence of their lawful permanent resident status while waiting for the replacement Green Card to be issued by USCIS, the I-90 applicant can still request an appointment at the local USCIS Field Office and the USCIS may be able to issue the Alien Documentation, Identification, and Telecommunications (ADIT) stamp in his passport after they first file for Form I-90 with USCIS.

The hope is that this latest USCIS announcement will lessen the stress and anxiety affecting thousands stuck in uncertainty while they wait for USCIS to issue replacement Green Cards.

Due to the ever changing immigration law landscape, we encourage readers to check back with our site to see any recent updates concerning immigration and related news. Should readers wish to discuss their matters in more detail, we suggest you contact our office to schedule a formal appointment as well.