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USCIS to Replace Green Card Extension Stickers with Form I-797 Notice

Posted January 13, 2021Articles

Starting in January, USCIS will begin replacing stickers that are issued to lawful permanent residents (LPRs) based on a pending Form I-90 with a Form I-797, Notice of Action. The Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card, is filed when an LPR’s green card is close to, or has, expired. Historically, extension stickers were issued during biometric appointments to applicants who had a pending Form I-90. The Form I-797 notice will now serve as a receipt for the pending Form I-90.

What this means for Legal Permanent Residents

For LPRs, presenting the green card along with the revised Form I-797 notice will extend the green card’s validity for 12 months from the date on the front of the green card and will serve as temporary proof of the permanent resident’s status. This change also ensures LPRs with a recently expired green card will have documentation of identity, employment authorization, and authorization to return to the U.S. after temporary international travel. Applicants who file the Form I-90 to replace an expiring green card will now receive the revised Form I-797 notice in the mail approximately 7-10 days after USCIS accepts their application.

Under this new process, applicants will no longer have to wait for a biometrics appointment at an application support center (ASC) to obtain temporary evidence of LPR status. Current applicants who have already been scheduled for a biometrics appointment will not receive the revised Form I-797 notice and will instead still be issued an extension sticker at the time of their appointment.

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