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How Green Card Holders Can Reverify Employment

Employers are required to reverify an employee’s documentation only when the employee’s employment authorization document (EAD) has expired. I-9 forms with a Green Card that has since expired do not need to be reverified. Green Cards indicate that someone is a legal permanent resident in the United States, and they expire just as a driver’s license expires. The Green Card expiration date does not indicate that the holder is no longer authorized to work in the U.S. But what should you do if you are a Green Card holder and you are asked to reverify your employment eligibility?

WATCH: Immigration lawyer Mario Godoy explains what to do if you are a Green Card holder and are asked to reverify employment eligibility


In this video we’re going to explain what to do if you are a Green Card holder being asked to reverify employment eligibility. We get asked this question because employers are generally just confused between the difference between a Green Card and an employment authorization document. 

This question comes up often when employers ask a Green Card holder to produce an unexpired Green Card for purposes of I-9 employment eligibility compliance. A valid employment authorization document is required to continue working in the US. However this type of document is for  immigrants that are not green card holders.

As a Green Card holder, your Green Card is a travel document that confirms you are a legal permanent resident of the United States. Once you are a lawful permanent resident you have the ability to work and live in the United States indefinitely. So if you are a legal permanent resident then your status does not expire when your Green Card expires. It does not expire.

You need to renew your Green Card if you have not lost your status. Once you have your Green Card, we suggest you get a Social Security card without restrictions. In that instance, at this time, you can re-verify your eligibility for employment by presenting your driver’s license and your unrestricted Social Security card.

However if you are a conditional resident, then your residency does expire at the time of your Green Card expiring. And in order to continue as a Green Card holder, you would need to have filed a form I-751 on a timely basis.

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Learn More: 

• Requirements for Employment Verification

Are You A Green Card Holder With Questions About Employment Verification?

If you are a Green Card holder or want to apply for a legal permanent resident status, a Green Card lawyer can help make the process as simple and straightforward as possible. U.S. immigration law is complicated and can be confusing, and mistakes can cause delays and even denials. Contact the experienced Green Card attorneys at Godoy Law Office at 630-912-0322.

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