US | USCIS Extends Green Card Validity

USCIS will extend the validity of Permanent Resident Cards (also known as Green Cards) for petitioners who properly file Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence or Form I-829, Petition by Investor to Remove Conditions on Permanent Resident Status for 48 months beyond the card’s expiration date.

The changes for Form I-751 will start on January 25, 2023. The changes for Form I-829 started on January 11, 2023.

Petitioners can present an updated receipt notice with their expired Green Card and remain authorized to work and travel for 48 months from the expiration date on the front of their expired Green Card.

Conditional permanent residents who plan to be outside the United States for a year or more should apply for a reentry permit by filing Form I-131, Application for Travel Document, before leaving the United States.

Key Changes
  • USCIS has updated the language on Form I-751 and Form I-829 receipt notices to extend the validity of a Green Card for 48 months for individuals with a newly filed Form I-751 or Form I-829.
  • USCIS will issue new receipt notices to eligible conditional permanent residents who previously received notices with an extension shorter than 48 months and whose cases are still pending. These receipt notices can be presented with an expired Green Card as evidence of continued status while the case remains pending with USCIS.
Erickson Insights

USCIS stated that the changes are intended to accommodate current processing times for Form I-751 and Form I-829, which have increased over the past year.

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