On March 16, 2023, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that there is an additional mail delivery process for receiving the Alien Documentation, Identification, and Telecommunication (ADIT) stamp, also known as the I-551 stamp. Read on to discover what this new process is and how a seasoned green card lawyer in Milwaukee, WI, at the Sesini Law Group, S.C., help you in taking advantage of this.
What is the new delivery process offered for the ADIT stamp?
Notably, the USCIS is now allowing lawful permanent residents to receive an ADIT stamp, which is a temporary piece of evidence of their status, by mail. This is a jump from the previous requirement of having to visit a USCIS field office to receive an ADIT stamp.
With this, a lawful permanent resident must meet certain criteria. They read as follows:
- A lawful permanent resident still has not yet received their green card.
- A lawful permanent resident still has a pending adjudication on their Form 1-90 (i.e., Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card), Form I-751 (i.e., Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence), or Form N-400 (i.e., Application for Naturalization) while their green card and extension notice have expired.
What do I have to do to get an ADIT stamp mailed to me?
In a similar sense, a lawful permanent resident must follow certain steps to get an ADIT stamp mailed to them. They read as follows:
- A lawful permanent resident must call the USCIS Contact Center to request this temporary piece of evidence of their status.
- A lawful permanent resident must provide a USCIS officer with their identity, physical mailing address, and whether this address is accessible for UPS or FedEx express mail.
It is important to note that a USCIS officer may rule it necessary for you to visit a field office if you have urgent needs, if you do not have a usable photo in the USCIS systems, if your identity cannot be confirmed, or if your address cannot be confirmed, among other things. Ultimately, they will use their discretion to determine your eligibility.
However, if the USCIS officer determines that an in-person appointment is not necessary, and if the USCIS office approves of your request, then you will be mailed a Form 1-94 with an ADIT stamp, a Department of Homeland Security seal, and a printed photo of yourself obtained from their systems.
If this news is applicable to you, this can be a major benefit in your journey toward United States citizenship. This is why you should avoid making any mistakes that may jeopardize this opportunity for you. For more information, reach out to a competent family immigration lawyer in Milwaukee, WI today. We look forward to hearing from you.