Today, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that it will replace the sticker that is currently issued to green card holders to extend the validity of their Permanent Resident Card Form (I-551) with a revised Form I-797, Notice of Action for Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card.

Typically, green card holders in Portland, Oregon, file Form I-90 when their green card is close to expiration. A revised I-797 receipt notice in addition to an applicant’s Permanent Resident Card Form I-551, will act as temporary evidence of lawful permanent resident status for twelve months from the expiration date on the face of a green card. Note that the Form I-797 revision will serve as a green card holder’s receipt notice for Form I-90. This change will ensure that applicants in Portland, Oregon who have green cards with a pending Form I-90 to replace an expiring green card have identity documentation, employment authorization, and authorization to return to Portland, Oregon if outside of the country. Also, keep in mind that green card applicants who have already been scheduled for a biometrics appointment at the USCIS Field Office located in NW Portland, won’t receive a revised notice and will receive an extension sticker at their scheduled biometrics appointment.

Starting this month, green card applicants who file Form I-90 here in Oregon, to replace an expiring green card will obtain a revised receipt notice by mail approximately 7-10 days after USCIS accepts their application.

On the other hand, applicants with expiring green cards will not receive stickers from the Applicant Support Center (ASC) at their biometrics appointments to obtain temporary evidence of legal status. Instead, USCIS will send these applicants a revised Form I-797, Notice of Action, the receipt notice for Form I-90, as proof of the extension of their green card.

If you would like more information about this change, please contact us today.