As of September 26, 2022, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has implemented an automatic extension of the validity of Permanent Resident Cards, commonly known as Green Cards, to 24 months for lawful permanent residents filing Form I-90, the Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card.
Individuals who appropriately submit Form I-90 for the renewal of an expiring or expired Green Card are eligible for this extended validity period. Previously, Form I-90 receipt notices granted a 12-month extension for Green Card validity. In response to this, USCIS has revised the language on Form I-90 receipt notices to reflect a 24-month extension for individuals filing a new Form I-90. Beginning September 26, 2022, USCIS commenced the issuance of updated receipt notices for those with pending Form I-90 applications.
These amended receipt notices, when presented with an expired Green Card, serve as evidence of ongoing lawful permanent resident status. The extension aims to assist applicants facing prolonged processing times by providing confirmation of their lawful permanent resident status while awaiting the issuance of their renewed Green Card.
For individuals without their Green Card who require proof of lawful permanent resident status during the replacement card waiting period, scheduling an appointment at a USCIS Field Office is an option. Contacting the USCIS Contact Center may facilitate the issuance of an Alien Documentation, Identification, and Telecommunications (ADIT) stamp after filing Form I-90.
To access additional information, individuals are encouraged to visit the Replace Your Green Card page on the USCIS website. In case of a change in mailing address during the pending case period, it is advisable to update the information through the USCIS Online Account, if available.