As of September 26, 2022, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has implemented a new policy to extend the validity of a person’s permanent resident card (green card) for 24 months beyond the expiration date upon filing a Form I-90.
Form I-90 is used by lawful permanent residents to renew or replace their expiring green card, or a lost, damaged, or inaccurate green card. Prior to this policy change, Form I-90 only served to extend the green card for a period of 12 months.
This change in policy applies to both new and pending Form I-90 applications. Upon properly filing a new Form I-90, the USCIS will issue a receipt notice indicating the 24-month extension period. If an applicant has a pending Form I-90 and has already received a receipt notice indicating a 12-month extension, the USCIS will issue an amended notice with a 24-month extension from the date the green card expired. In either case, the expired green card and the receipt notice can be used as evidence of continued status as a lawful permanent resident.
This policy change is a positive development for lawful permanent residents who may be facing prolonged processing times for their Form I-90 applications. It provides them with added security and peace of mind while they await the renewal or replacement of their green card. However, it is important to note that this policy change was only necessary because of the prolonged processing times for these cases. The USCIS is expected to continue taking steps to streamline its processes to bring processing times under control.
In conclusion, the new policy to extend green card for 24 months upon filing Form I-90 is a positive change for lawful permanent residents. It provides them with added security and peace of mind while they await the renewal or replacement of their green card. The USCIS is expected to continue taking steps to streamline its processes to bring processing times under control.
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