The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has made a policy change to assist lawful permanent residents undergoing the process of Green Card renewal. Now, when these residents file Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card, USCIS is extending the validity of their Green Cards for 24 months instead of the previous 12 months. This change is in response to longer processing times, providing those with expiring or expired Green Cards continued proof of their lawful status in the United States.
The extended validity comes through an updated receipt notice provided when Form I-90 is filed. USCIS began issuing these updated notices for pending applications as well. This measure ensures that applicants have valid evidence of their status while they wait for their Green Card renewal.
For individuals who may not have their Green Card anymore, USCIS offers a solution. They can contact the USCIS Contact Center to schedule an appointment at a USCIS Field Office, where they might receive an Alien Documentation, Identification, and Telecommunications (ADIT) stamp following their Form I-90 filing. This stamp serves as temporary proof of the individual’s lawful permanent resident status.