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USCIS Will Stop Issuing Sticker to Extend Green Card Validity

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H-1B Visa Holders

Beginning in January, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will replace the sticker that is currently given to lawful permanent residents (LPRs). To expand the validity of their Form I-551, Permanent Resident Card (PRC or “Green Card“), with a revised Form I-797, Notice of Action. LPRs file Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card, when their Green Cards terminate or are going to lapse. The updated Form I-797 notice will serve as a receipt notice for Form I-90.

As of January 2021, USCIS will stop issuing green card extension stickers to lawful permanent residents when they file Form I-90. Instead, the agency will issue these applicants a revised Form I-797, Notice of Action.

When given together the Green Card, the updated Form I-797 notice will extend the Green Card’s validity for a year. From the date on the front of the Green Card and will serve as temporary proof of the lawful permanent residents (LPR’s) status. This change guarantees that LPRs with a recently terminated Green Card. It will have documentation of identity, employment authorization, and authorization to return to the United States following temporary foreign travel.

USCIS to Replace Sticker to Extend Validity of Green Cards

Form I-90 candidates who have not been given a notice for a biometrics appointment and are in possession of their Green Card. Will no longer have to visit an application support center to acquire temporary proof of LPR status. Candidates who have already been planned for a biometrics appointment will not receive a revised notice. And will be given an extension sticker at their biometrics appointment.

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Beginning in January, candidates who file Form I-90 to replace an expiring Green Card. Will receive the revised receipt notice in the mail roughly 7-10 days after USCIS accepts their application. This notice will be printed on secure paper. And will serve as evidence of identity and employment authorization when presented with an expired Green Card.

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