Validity of Green Cards Extended to 24 Months
On September 28, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that effective September 26, it has automatically extended the validity of green cards to 24 months. This is for lawful permanent residents (LPRs) who file Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card. On September 26, USCIS began printing amended receipt notices for individuals with a pending Form I-90 that “can be presented with an expired Green Card as evidence of continued status.” The increased automatic extension period extends the 12-month automatic extension period previously provided.
This is good news for green card holders caught up in the immigration backlog and experiencing longer processing times!
Renewing or Replacing A Green Card
Current U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) policy says that any person whose green card is currently expired or set to expire within six months must apply for renewal.
- Anyone who loses an unexpired Green Card or whose permit suffers severe damage must have it replaced or renewed.
- If someone changes their legal name, resident status, or other components that make the information on an existing green card incorrect, they must apply for an updated green card.
The long wait time for renewal is why USCIS extended the validity of green cards.
Cook County and DuPage County Immigration Lawyer
Godoy Law Firm works with family-based and employment-based individuals. People who want to come to the United States to work temporarily or permanently. Contact Godoy Law Office at 630-912-0322. Godoy Law Office serves the entire Chicago, Illinois area including DuPage, Cook, Kane, Will and Lake Counties.
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