USCIS Update

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has introduced a significant policy change, effective December 12, 2022, that positively impacts naturalization applicants. This change automatically extends the validity of Green Cards for those who file Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, providing added convenience and assurance during the citizenship process.

Understanding the Automatic Green Card Extension

As per the new policy, applicants who file Form N-400 on or after December 12, 2022, will benefit from an automatic extension of their Green Card for up to 24 months. This extension will be indicated on the N-400 receipt notice, allowing applicants to use this notice in conjunction with their expired Green Card as valid proof of identity and employment authorization.

Guidance for Applicants Who Filed Before December 12, 2022

For individuals who submitted their Form N-400 before December 12, 2022, the 24-month extension will not apply. If your Green Card expires, it is recommended to file Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card, or obtain an ADIT (Alien Documentation, Identification, and Telecommunication Systems) stamp in your passport. This stamp serves as temporary evidence of your lawful permanent resident status, ensuring compliance with INA 264(e) which requires noncitizens to possess proof of registration.

Procedure to Obtain an ADIT Stamp

If you require an ADIT stamp due to filing Form N-400 and Form I-90 before December 12, 2022, you can request an appointment at a USCIS Field Office. Contact the USCIS Contact Center to schedule this appointment, where you will receive the ADIT stamp in your passport as a temporary proof of legal status in the U.S.

This new policy by USCIS marks a progressive step in supporting the journey of naturalization applicants, streamlining the process and reducing the anxiety associated with expiring Green Cards during the citizenship application process.

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