USCIS Updates Policy to Automatically Extend Green Cards for Naturalization Applicants
Effective Dec. 12, 2022, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will automatically extend the validity of Green Cards for lawful permanent residents (LPRs) who have applied for naturalization.
Due to lengthy processing times, LPRs who have filed N-400 to apply for citizenship, do not have to file Form I-90.
For I-9 verifications, the expired Green Card, along with the N-400 receipt notice, is sufficient if presented before the expiration of the 24-month extension period provided in the notice.
Recently, the USCIS has experienced increased processing times, forcing applicants for citizenship (filed Form N-400) to also have to file Form I-90 as well to extend their Green Cards and maintain proper, lawful status while the USCIS processes the N-400. If Form N-400 is filed on or after December 12, 2022, the USCIS will automatically extend the Green Card expiration. If an I-9 needs to be re-verified, the receipt notice can be presented with the expired Green Card as evidence of continued status as well as identity and employment authorization under List A of Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I-9) if presented before the expiration of the 24-month extension period provided in the notice.