Beginning September 4, 2021, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it’s extending the expiration date of conditional Permanent Resident Cards (Green Cards) from 18 months to 24 months while cases are pending. The Permanent Resident Card (Form I-551) provides proof of a worker’s identity and employment authorization status, and may be presented as a List A document for completion of a Form I-9 at the start of employment. When an individual asks USCIS to remove the conditions on their Permanent Resident Card, USCIS provides a receipt to show that their application is pending, and that receipt extends the expiration date of the Permanent Resident Card. The USCIS will be issuing new receipts to residents whose cases are pending, showing that their cards’ expiration dates have been extended by 24 months. Cardholders can present this receipt to an employer along with the Permanent Resident Card to prove they’re still authorized to work in the U.S. for purposes of completing a Form I-9.
Tips: Employment verification rules are highly technical and must be strictly followed; some receipts are acceptable for verification purposes while others are not. There are no shortcuts when it comes to compliance in this area. USCIS has published an excellent handbook for employers with step-by-step instructions and examples of acceptable documentation. Vigilant has also published several legal guides on employment verification, including Form I-9: Basic Obligations of Employment Eligibility Verification. Your Vigilant Law Group employment attorney can assist you with specific questions.