US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has just announced today that Permanent Resident Cards (Green Cards) will be extended for 24 months (as opposed to 12) after filing a proper I-90 extension. This is great news as USCIS processing times have recently climbed to over a year.
The change became effective September 26. The extensions are automatic after filing the I-90, which is the Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card. Lawful permanent residents who properly file Form I-90 to renew an expiring or expired Green Card will receive this automatic extension.
Form I-90 receipt notices had previously provided a 12-month extension. This new 24 month extension is expressly listed on the face of the receipt notices. The original expired green card in conjunction with the original I-90 receipt notice can be used to evidence status, including employment and travel authorization; although for travel we also recommend obtaining a travel stamp at a local USCIS Office before departure for a smooth reentry into the USA.