USCIS UPDATES TEMPORARY STATUS DOCUMENTATION FOR LAWFUL PERMANENT RESIDENTS (LPR)
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) updated the process for Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs) to obtain proof of temporary status. Recently, USCIS offices began delivering Forms I-94 with ADIT (temporary I-551) stamps as temporary evidence of LPR status without requiring an in-person appearance at the field office. This alternate Form I-94 with an ADIT stamp is an acceptable List A receipt for Form I-9 and E-Verify.
When LPRs call the USCIS Contact Center to request temporary evidence of status, an immigration services officer will verify their identity, physical mailing address, and if that address can receive UPS or FedEx express mail. The immigration services officer will then submit a request to the field office to initiate the creation of the temporary evidence. If an in-person appointment is not needed, a USCIS field office will then review the request for temporary evidence and mail the applicant a Form I-94 with ADIT stamp, DHS seal and a printed photo of the LPR obtained from USCIS systems. In cases where an in-person appointment is needed, the officer will schedule it before the creation of the temporary evidence is requested.
Additionally, on August 3, 2023, USCIS announced changes to how it issues receipts for L-1 nonimmigrant intracompany transferees. Now, transferees (executives, managers, or specialized knowledge professionals) will receive two notices when they file Form I-129S, Nonimmigrant Petition Based on Blanket L Petition, together with Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker.
If approved, the petitioner will receive: the receipt notice and the approval notice. Instead of a stamped and signed Form I-129S in conjunction with the Form I-129 approval, the petitioner will now receive a separate approval notice for the Form I-129S. This approval notice will serve as both endorsement and evidence that USCIS has determined the beneficiary is eligible for L-1 status. A copy of the approval notice will also be provided to the beneficiary to be included with their visa and/or admission papers.
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