USCIS Extends Green Card Validity for Naturalization Applicants2 min read
Lawful permanent residents who file Form N-400 naturalization applications with USCIS on or after December 12, 2022, will receive a 2 years automatic extension of their green card validity.
Naturalization applicants who properly file an N-400 naturalization application on or after 12th December 2022, will receive a 24-month automatic green card extension from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). These candidates will receive the new extension regardless of whether they have previously filed a Form I-90 green card renewal application. For these applicants, USCIS will update the language on Form N-400 receipt notices. To allow for a 24-month extension of their green cards.
N-400 receipt notices issued with the new automatic extension may be presented with an expired green card. As evidence of continued legal permanent resident (LPR) status, according to USCIS’s announcement of the new policy. USCIS is expected to update its M-274 Handbook for Employers, to reflect the change for purposes of Form I-9 employment eligibility verification.
Green Card Validity for Naturalization Candidates
As they wait for the USCIS to decide on their Form N-400 applications. Naturalization applicants whose green cards are about to expire will no longer be required to take any additional steps. To show that they are still legal permanent residents of the United States. Naturalization candidates with expired green cards were required, under the previous policy. To either submit a Form I-90 renewal application (for those who filed Form N-400 less than six months before their green card expiration date). Or visit a local USCIS office to obtain a passport stamp proving their LPR status. (For those who filed Form N-400 at least six months before their green card expiration date).
These applicants shouldn’t have to take these additional steps with the new automatic extension of 24 months. Also, if the LPR’s naturalization application isn’t approved by the end of the two-year extension period. The individual might still visit a nearby USCIS office to request a passport stamp evidencing their ongoing LPR status.
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The USCIS’ lengthy Form I-90 processing times have sometimes caused disruptions to a permanent resident’s ability. Complete the Form I-9 employment verification process or travel internationally. Which should also be mitigated by the green card validity extension.