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USCIS Extends Validity of Expired Green Cards for Renewal Applicants

I-90 receipt may be presented with expired green card during I-9 process

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​Individuals who file for a renewal green card, including workers in employment-based visa status, can now rest a little easier after their expired green cards were granted an additional year of extended validity by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

As of Sept. 26, the validity of permanent resident cards was extended from 12 months to 24 months for lawful permanent residents who have filed an application to renew their green card.

"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," said Yvonne Toy, an attorney with Corporate Immigration Partners in San Francisco. "USCIS has updated the language on Form I-90 receipt notices to reflect this change."

USCIS made the change in policy to provide applicants who were experiencing lengthy I-90 processing times with more security and prevent disruptions to employees' work authorization status or their ability to travel internationally and re-enter the United States. A valid green card is essential for re-entry to the U.S. following international travel and for initially proving work authorization.

When completing the Form I-9, new employees may present their expiring or expired green card with the I-90 receipt notice as a List A document that extends the validity of the card for 24 months from the card's expiration date, Toy said.

"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, but be sure to consult with your attorney," she said.

Toy added that people who have lost a green card and are awaiting a replacement card can contact the USCIS Contact Center to request an appointment at a field office.

"An Alien Documentation, Identification, and Telecommunications stamp may be issued to show evidence of lawful permanent resident status" while waiting for a replacement card, she said.


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