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Key Points

  • USCIS is extending Green Card validity to 48 months for pending Form I-751 and Form I-829 petitioners
  • Validity extensions for Form I-751 took effect on January 23, 2023
  • Validity extensions for Form I-829 will take effect on January 25, 2023
  • Petitioners will receive an updated receipt notice with their automatic extension
  • Individuals can work and travel with their automatic Green Card validity extension

Overview

Starting January 23, 2023, US Citizenship and Immigration Services USCIS announced that it would extend the Green Card validity for conditional permanent residents with a pending Form I-751 if they correctly file their petition. On January 25, 2023, a Green Card validity extension will begin for petitioners with a pending Form I-829. For both forms, petitioners will have an extended Green Card validity for up to 48 months after their expiration date.

Petitioners with a new USCIS Form I-751 or Form I-829 will receive an updated receipt notice that automatically extends their Green Card validity for 48 months after the card’s expiration date. Eligible conditional permanent residents who were previously issued receipt notices with a validity extension of fewer than 48 months will receive new receipt notices with the full 48-month extension if their cases are still pending.

Looking Ahead

USCIS reminds individuals that they are authorized to work and travel while their I-751 and I-829 extensions are in effect, which is 48 months past the expiration date on their expired Green Card. Individuals must present their updated receipt notice with their expired Green Card to demonstrate their valid employment and residence status.

Written by: Lucy Halse, Content Marketing Associate, Envoy Global
Edited by: Dmitri Pikman, Supervising Attorney, Corporate Immigration Partners
Source: US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)

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