U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on March 16, 2023, that certain lawful permanent residents (LPRs), also known as green card holders, may receive temporary evidence of their status by mail rather than physically visiting a field office to receive an Alien Documentation, Identification and Telecommunication (ADIT) stamp (also known as an I-551 stamp).
USCIS said LPRs are entitled to evidence of status and may require temporary evidence of their status in the form of an ADIT stamp if:
- They do not have their green card; or
- Their Form I-90, 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 pending adjudication and their green card and extension notice have expired.
This alternate Form I-94 with an ADIT stamp is an acceptable List A receipt for Form I-9 and E-Verify purposes, USCIS said. Some lawful permanent residents will still need to appear in person at a USCIS field office to receive temporary evidence of their status, including those who have urgent needs, do not have a useable photo in USCIS systems, or whose address or identity cannot be confirmed.
When an LPR calls the USCIS Contact Center (800-375-5283 or 800-767-1833 [TDD for the hearing impaired]) to request temporary evidence of status, an immigration services officer will verify their identity, physical mailing address, and whether that address can receive UPS or FedEx express mail. The officer will then either create an in-person appointment if needed or 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 review the request for temporary evidence and mail the applicant a Form I-94 with ADIT stamp, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) seal, and a printed photo of the LPR obtained from USCIS systems.