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US Green Card Validity Extended to 24 Months

By Nita Nicole Upadhye

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US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has confirmed that US green card validities are to be extended automatically to 24 months, up from 12 months, with effect from September 26, 2022.

The change aims to alleviate the impact of delayed Form I-90 processing times, whereby 12-month extensions were not sufficient to avoid disrupting green card holders’ ability to complete the Form I-9 employment verification process or to travel internationally and reenter the United States.

Lawful permanent residents may receive the extension, provided they file Form I-90 to renew an expired or expiring green card.

The Form I-90 receipt notice has been amended to reflect the new 24-month extension. USCIS is now issuing amended receipt notices for pending applications as of September 26, 2022.

Green card renewal applicants are able to rely on the Form I-90 receipt notice providing the 24-month extension period and expired green card as proof of their lawful status, such in circumstances of protracted processing times, and as evidence of their authorization to work and travel as a permanent resident during that timeframe.

A revised version of the M-274 Handbook for Employers is expected to be issued, updated with the changes for the purposes of Form I-9 employment eligibility verification.

Renewal applicants who are awaiting their replacement green card and who require proof of their lawful residence status are advised to request an appointment at a USCIS Field Office through the USCIS Contact Center to obtain an Alien Documentation, Identification, and Telecommunications (ADIT) stamp.

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Founder & Principal Attorney Nita Nicole Upadhye is a recognized leader in the field of US business immigration law (AILA) and trusted adviser to large corporates through to SMEs, providing strategic immigration and global mobility advice to support employers with both US and UK operations to meet their workforce needs through corporate immigration.

Nita successfully acts for corporations and professionals, entrepreneurs, artists, actors, and athletes from across the globe, providing expert guidance on all aspects of US visa and nationality applications, and talent mobility to the USA.

Nita is an active public speaker, thought leader, immigration commentator, and immigration policy contributor and regularly hosts training sessions for employers and HR professionals

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