Immigration & Citizenship news Sept. 3rd, 2007 September 4, 2007 ^
Old Green Cards Will have to be replaced
US. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a proposal this week to require nearly 750,000 lawful permanent residents carrying “green cards” without an expiration date to replace their current cards.
USCIS published in the Federal Register a rule open for public comment that proposes to require lawful permanent residents to apply for a new Permanent Resident Card (Form I-551), commonly referred to as a “green card,” during a 120-day filing period. The change would allow USCIS to issue more secure permanent resident cards, update cardholder information, conduct background checks, and electronically store applicants’ fingerprint and photographic information.
Permanent Resident Cards are issued as evidence of the holder’s authorization to live and work in the United States. In August 1989, the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) began issuing new cards with a 10-year expiration date and required residents to apply periodically for a new card. Between 1979 and 1989, however, the cards were issued without expiration dates. These are the cards that are the subject of the proposed rule.
The rule proposes that affected lawful permanent residents file an Application to Replace Lawful Permanent Residence Card (Form I-90) in order to replace their current “green card.” The Form I-90 requires applicants to provide current biographic and biometric (photographs and fingerprint) information. Application Support Centers across the United States and new automated filing procedures would give USCIS the ability to process a large number of applications during a short period of time.
A number of long time holders of older green card have been in touch with us and we’ll be providing assistance on the process at our legal clinic at the Half Door on Tuesday Sept. 4th at 6:30 PM. If you have questions, bring your old green cards, your passports held since becoming a legal resident and the Form N400 available free at www.uscis.gov
A number of immigration raids in East Boston and Chelsea aimed at capturing gang members appear to have resulted in some undocumented immigrants being detained. Immigration and Customs Enforcement have stepped up enforcement efforts locally. If you or someone you know knows any individual in US ICE custody or who needs help in any way, feel free to give us a call. A number of our staff have 24 hour cellphones and are available in such emergency situations anytime.
Free IPC Immigration Clinic
The Half Door, Quincy Center, September 4th at 6:30 PM. Have a question on immigration matters, marrying a US citizen or legal permanent resident, US Come to our clinic for a free consultation with one of our probono immigration attorneys. citizenship, expiring/old green cards?
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