USCIS has changed the process of renewing the green card
Beginning in January, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will replace the stamps that are put on documents of legal permanent residents of the United States so that they can present identification when replacing or in the process of obtaining a green card. This is stated on the site USCIS.
“The agency will replace the stamp that is currently being issued to lawful permanent residents to renew the validity of Form I-551 (Temporary Proof of Permanent Resident Status) documents with a new Form I-797. Also, the I-551 stamp can be on an immigrant visa (for a new immigrant) or in a passport (for an immigrant who has lost a green card).
All immigrants file Form I-90, Application for Replacement Permanent Resident Card, when their green card expires or will soon expire. Once they apply, they receive Form I-797, which is the document USCIS uses to communicate with applicants. Typically, USCIS submits Form I-797 about 2-3 weeks after you submit your application to them. The purpose of this form is to notify you that the agency has received your application.
Now, according to the innovation, the updated I-797 notification provided with the green card will extend the validity of the green card for 12 months from the date indicated on the front of the document and will serve as temporary proof of legal status. This change ensures that immigrants with a recently expired green card will have identity documents, a work permit, and permission to return to the United States after temporary overseas travel.
Immigrants who filed Form I-90 who have not received a notice of application acceptance and who have a green card will no longer need to visit an Application Support Center to obtain temporary legal status confirmation. Applicants who have already had an appointment will not receive an updated notification and will be stamped to renew their legal status.
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Beginning in January, applicants who file a Form I-90 to replace an expiring green card will receive an amended receipt notice in the mail approximately 7-10 days after USCIS accepts their application. This notice will be printed on security paper and will serve as proof of identity and work permit upon presentation of an expired green card.
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