USCIS announced that starting this month, January 2021, it will replace the sticker that is currently issued to lawful permanent residents (LPRs) to extend the validity of their Permanent Resident Cards (PRCs). The sticker will be replaced with a revised Form I-797, Notice of Action for Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card. The revised I-797 receipt notice with an applicant's PRC will serve as temporary evidence of LPR status for 12 months from the expiration date on the PRC, or Green Card. Applicants who file Form I-90 will receive the revised receipt notice in the mail approximately 7-10 days after USCIS accepts their application. The notice will be on secure paper.rec
This change allows for LPRs with pending Form I-90s to replace expiring Green Cards to have documentation of identity, employment authorization, and authorization to return to the U.S. after temporary foreign travel.
Applicants who already have biometrics appointments scheduled will not receive a revised notice and will receive their extension stickers at their biometrics appointments. However, going forward, applicants with expiring Green Cards will not receive stickers at their biometrics appointments. Instead, USCIS will send 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.
Learn more about replacing your Green Card here.
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This information comes from a news release from the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA Doc. No. 21011233).