Lawful permanent residents who file Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card, will now benefit from a recent automatic extension of the validity of their Permanent Resident Cards (also known as “Green Cards”) past their expiration dates.

Effective September 26, 2022, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) extended the validity of Green Cards to 24 months. Individuals who properly file Form I-90 to renew an expiring or expired Green Card may receive this extension.

Form I-190 receipt notices had previously noted a 12-month extension of the validity of a Green Card. On Sept. 26., 2022, USCIS updated this language to reflect the change and began printing amended receipt notices for individuals with a pending Form I-90. 

These receipt notices can be presented along with an expired Green Card as evidence that an individual is still in status while they await their renewed Green Card. 

USCIS enacted this measure to assist applicants who experience longer processing times. Due in part to the Covid-19 epidemic, ongoing application backlogs have caused significant delays in the processing of renewals and new applications for Green Cards. USCIS had previously provided a 12-month extension of the validity of Green Cards in response to ongoing pandemic-related delays.

Should you have any questions or concerns regarding expiration of your Green Card or the applicability of this extension of validity to the circumstances of your lawful permanent residency, please feel free to contact Stephen Antwine, Esq. of Green & Spiegel at (215) 395-8959 or at santwine@gands-us.com.

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