The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has just announced a new policy that grants 24-month extensions for certain Green Card holders amid processing delays. This policy, which is set to go into effect on November 10, 2020, is designed to protect the financial stability of immigrants who are waiting on their applications to be approved.
The 24-month extension applies to eligible employment-based aliens who have a pending adjustment of status application with USCIS that is subject to a backlog due to per-country visa limits or processing delays. Family-based aliens with an approved immigrant petition have not yet been adjudicated due to backlogs or delays.
The extension will be granted automatically and does not require any action from applicants. The 24 months will be added onto the original expiration date of their Form I-94 arrival record, allowing them to stay in the United States as they await the outcome of their application.
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced that due to significant processing delays, certain green card holders are eligible to receive an additional 24-month extension on their current approved Green Card. This new policy will apply to any green card holder whose application or petition is subject to processing delays beyond their control. The specific green card holders eligible for these 24-month extensions include:
This policy change is intended to provide relief to those who are facing delays in obtaining their permanent residence due to no fault of their own. USCIS encourages eligible applicants to contact their local office for further information.
The 24-month extension grants the holder a few benefits, chief among them the assurance they will still have a valid green card when it expires. During this time, the holder can continue to work and live in the United States without fear of their status change. However, there are a few other advantages associated with this extension as well:
Applying for a 24-month extension to your green card is no small feat. Depending on the current processing delays and the type of documents you are required to provide, the application can take up to one year or longer. To make sure your application is successful, you must have all the necessary documents ready before applying.
The most important documents you will need for the 24-month extensions include:
It’s also recommended that applicants include additional evidence such as references from their employer or community members, character certificates, and letters of recommendation. All these items can help to strengthen your case and show that you are a responsible applicant who deserves an extension.
If you are an immigrant with a pending Green Card application, you may be eligible for a 24-month extension on your current Green Card. USCIS has introduced this policy to help those who have been dealing with processing delays. To apply for the 24-month extension, you must meet the following criteria:
Once your form has been submitted and reviewed by USCIS, if approved you will receive notice of approval and instructions on how to proceed.
Once your application is approved for a 24-month extension, you will receive an Employment Authorization Document (EAD). This document provides authorization to work and travel within the US for two years. You will be able to extend this period, subject to the same review process as all Green Card applicants.
If you’re one of the many green card holders affected by USCIS processing delays, you can apply for a 24-month extension. To make sure the application is being processed correctly and to track its status, it’s important to register with the USCIS online system. Once registered, you’ll be able to check the status of your application and get updates on any changes or developments. After submitting your application, here’s how to track it:
Knowing every step in this process helps ensure an easier time tracking your green card extension application through USCIS as delays continue due to COVID-19 response measures and other reasons affecting processing times.
To help Green Card holders understand the current situation, and how the 24-Month Extensions will affect them, we have provided answers to some common questions here.
USCIS’s decision to grant 24-month extensions for certain green card holders is welcome news for those who have waited for their applications to be processed. This is especially true for those in the green card category who are impacted by long processing delays. While not a permanent fix, the extension permits individuals to stay in the United States so they can continue to work and pursue other activities while they wait for their application to be finalized. For those affected, it is essential to stay up-to-date on the latest developments, as USCIS continues to assess the impact of the current processing delays.