As a Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) in the United States, there are instances where you might need official confirmation of your immigration status from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). This is where the ADIT stamp comes into play.
What is an ADIT Stamp?
ADIT, short for Alien Documentation, Identification, and Telecommunication, commonly known as the I-551 stamp, provides temporary evidence of an individual’s lawful permanent resident status. It is typically affixed to a passport or an I-94 card.
When is an ADIT Stamp Necessary?
Despite recent USCIS policy changes that have reduced the need for ADIT stamps, certain situations still necessitate its acquisition:
- If you have an expired I-90 Application receipt notice as a U.S. permanent resident.
- If you have an expired I-751 or I-829 Petition receipt notice as a conditional permanent resident.
- If you haven’t received or have lost your Green Card after filing an I-90, I-751, or I-829, and lack a physical card to accompany your receipt notice for travel or employment purposes.
When an ADIT Stamp is Not Required
An ADIT stamp is not needed if:
- Your USCIS Receipt Notice extension is valid, and you have your expired cards.
- You have a pending N-400 application filed on or after December 12, 2022, at least six months before your green card’s expiration, granting a 24-month LPR card extension.
How to Obtain an ADIT Stamp
To obtain an ADIT stamp, schedule an appointment through the USCIS Contact Center. During your appointment, an immigration officer will assess your eligibility for the stamp. The USCIS field office will then issue the stamp or send a Form I-94 with the ADIT stamp, DHS seal, and your photo from the USCIS database, if an in-person appointment isn’t necessary.
The ADIT stamp is a crucial tool for Lawful Permanent Residents in the United States, providing a temporary proof of legal residency status under specific circumstances. Understanding its purpose and the process to obtain it is essential for maintaining compliance with U.S. immigration regulations.
Additional Outside Resources
- US CBP ADIT Stamp Memo July 1, 2014
- USCIS Announces Additional Mail Delivery Process for Receiving ADIT Stamp
- USCIS Extension of LPR for Naturalization December 9, 2022
- USCS Form I-90 Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card (Green Card)
- USCIS Form I-751 Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence
- USCIS Form I-829 Petition to Remove Conditions by Investor
- USCIS Form N-400 Application for Naturalization