USCIS Extends Green Card Validity for Conditional Permanent Residents with Pending I-751 and I-829 Forms

On January 23, 2023, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will be extending the validity of Permanent Resident Cards (i.e., Green Cards) for petitioners who filed Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence or Form I-829, Petition by Investor to Remove Conditions on Permanent Resident Status. The extension will be for 48 months beyond the card’s expiration date. The effective date for I-829’s is on January 11, 2023, and for Form I-751’s, the effective date will be on January 25, 2023.

These changes have been implemented by USCIS to accommodate current processing backlogs for Form I-751 and Form I-829, which have increased over the past year. To accommodate these changes, individuals with a newly filed Form I-751 or Form I-829 will receive updated language on Form I-751 and Form I-829 receipt notices that will extend the validity of their Green Cards for 48 months for. For eligible conditional permanent residents with pending I-751’s and I-829’s and who previously received notices with an extension shorter than 48 months, USCIS will issue new receipt notices with the extension of 48 months. These receipt notices can be presented with an expired Green Card as evidence of continued status while the case remains pending with USCIS. By presenting the updated receipt notice with an expired Green Card, the applicant will remain authorized to work and travel for 48 months from the expiration date on the front of the expired Green Card.

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