On January 12, 2021, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it is replacing the currently issued sticker that extends the validity of a Form I-551, Permanent Resident Card (PRC), or Green Card, with a revised Form I-797, Notice of Action, receipt notice of Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card. The revised notice will extend the validity of a PRC for 12 months from the “Card Expires” date on the front of the PRC. This change ensures that certain lawful permanent residents have documentation for completing the Form I-9, employment eligibility verification.
Employees may present their expired PRC together with this notice as an acceptable List A document that establishes identity and employment authorization for Form I-9 purposes.
Next Steps for Employers
When completing a Form I-9, employers should enter the information from this document combination in Section 2, under List A:
- In the Document Number field, enter the card number provided on the expired PRC.
- In the Expiration Date field, enter the date that is 12 months from the “Card Expires” date on the expired PRC.
- In the Additional Information box, write “PRC Ext” and the I-90 receipt number from the Form I-797.
Employers who retain copies of documents should retain copies of both the PRC and Form I-797 with the employee’s Form I-9. Employers may not reverify lawful permanent residents who present this document combination.
More information about acceptable documents is available from USCIS’ I-9 Central or in The Handbook for Employers, Guidance for Completing Form I-9.