Recently, USCIS announced a new mail delivery process for lawful permanent residents waiting to receive the ADIT stamp. Please continue reading and reach out to our seasoned New York immigration lawyers to learn more about the ADIT stamp, what the new process entails, and how it may benefit you. Here are some of the questions you may have:
What is the ADIT stamp?
The ADIT stamp, short for Alien Documentation, Identification and Telecommunication, is attached to a person’s passport and is used to provide temporary proof of lawful permanent resident status while they are awaiting their green card. This stamp proves useful in various circumstances and is important for all lawful permanent residents to have.
What is the new process?
Fortunately, now, instead of having to physically go into a field office to receive an ADIT stamp, lawful permanent residents can now receive temporary evidence of their status by mail. This is particularly beneficial to individuals who either don’t yet have their green card or if their Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card (Green Card), Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence, or Form N-400, Application for Naturalization is still being processed.
To receive temporary evidence of status, you will have to call the USCIS Contact Center, and, from there, they will verify your identity, mailing address, and whether they can send express mail to your address. As long as they can do so, they will submit a request to the USCIS field office to send you your ADIT stamp. From here they will then issue Form I-94 with an ADIT stamp, DHS seal, and a printed photo of you.
How long is an ADIT stamp valid?
USCIS has discretion when it comes to how long they will allow the validity of a given ADIT stamp, but the ADIT stamp is only valid for one year at most.
If you have any additional questions about this process, how it works, or whether you qualify, please don’t hesitate to reach out to the Lightman Law Firm today. Our legal team stands ready to assist you with any immigration-related matter.