Green card holders who apply for naturalization got an early Christmas present this year. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is automatically extending the expired green cards for naturalization applicants beginning December 12, 2022. USCIS will automatically extend the validity of Permanent Resident Cards (commonly called green cards) for lawful permanent residents (LPR) who have applied for naturalization. USCIS has made this extension to address the serious backlog issues that have delayed the processing times for many naturalization applications.
The extension applies to all applicants who file Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, on or after December 12, 2022. Previously, citizenship applicants who did not file the petition at least 6 months before their green card expiration date were required to file Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card (Green Card), to maintain their status and to work legally in the United States. Long paperwork delays cause considerable stress and problems for naturalization applicants whose paperwork was caught in the USCIS backlog.
Godoy Law Office serves the entire Chicago, Illinois area, including DuPage, Cook, Kane, Will and Lake Counties. We can help ensure that you correctly complete every step of your naturalization application to become an American citizen. We will work to provide the best opportunity for a successful outcome. A skilled immigration attorney can put their experience to work for you to achieve your American Dream. If you need help with an immigration issue, please contact our office at 630-912-0322.
With offices in Oak Brook and Aurora, Godoy Law Office Immigration Lawyers serves the entire Chicago, Illinois area. Including DuPage, Cook, Kane, Will and Lake Counties.