USCIS Extends Green Card Validity for Conditional Permanent Residents with a Pending Form I-751 or Form I-829
USCIS is extending the validity of Permanent Resident Cards (also known as Green Cards) for petitioners who properly file Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence, or Form I-829, Petition by Investor to Remove Conditions on Permanent Resident Status for 48 months beyond the card’s expiration date. This change started on January 11, 2023, for Form I-829 and will start on January 25, 2023, for Form I-751.
Due to increased processing times for Forms I-751 and I-829, the USCIS is making this change.
The USCIS has updated the language on Form I-751 and Form I-829 receipt notices to extend the validity of a Green Card by 48 months for newly filed Forms I-751 and I-829.
New receipt notices will be issued to eligible conditional permanent residents whose cases remain pending after receiving a notice with an extension shorter than 48 months.
A receipt notice can be presented with an expired Green Card as evidence of continued status while the case is pending with USCIS. Your expired Green Card remains valid for 48 months after the expiration date by presenting your updated receipt notice. This means that you remain authorized to travel and work in the US.
As a reminder, conditional permanent residents who plan to be outside of the United States for a year or more should apply for a reentry permit by filing Form I-131, Application for Travel Document, before leaving the United States. For more information, see USCIS’ International Travel as a Permanent Resident webpage.
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