Starting in January 2021, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) said it began to implement the following actions impacting Permanent Resident Cards (“Green Cards”)


USCIS will replace the sticker that is currently issued to lawful permanent residents (LPRs) to extend the validity of their Form I-551, Permanent Resident Card, with a revised Form I-797, Notice of Action for Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card


Applicants who file Form I-90 to replace an expiring Green Card will receive the revised Form I-797 receipt notice in the mail approximately 7-10 days after USCIS accepts their application; and

The revised Form I-797 receipt notice will be printed on secure paper and will serve as evidence of identity and employment authorization when presented with an expired Green Card. 

The revised Form I-797 receipt notice, together with an applicant’s Green Card, will serve as temporary evidence of lawful permanent resident status for 12 months from the expiration date on the face of the Green Card.