USCIS Extends Green Card Validity Extension to 24 Months for Green Card Renewals

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.

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