An employee's Employment Authorization card expires 7/30/13. She has been approved for a Green Card, and has received her Welcome Notice. She has not received the card yet. Will the Welcome Notice be sufficient for the time being if the Green Card is not received by 7/30/13?
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Even though the fortunate "employee" is now a permanent resident and, thus, authorized to work, the USCIS Welcome Notice is not an acceptable form of evidence to show Permanent Resident status and eligibility to work in the U.S.
Moreover, while I have no intention to spoil anyone's plans, the Employment Authorization card which has an expiration date of 7-30-13, has been revoked by operation of law. To show eligibility to work, until she receives the actual Permanent Resident Card, she must obtain temporary evidence of permanent resident status -- I-551 stamp, from USCIS.
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If it's been over 30 days since you received your welcome notice and haven't received your card call this number: 1-800-375-5283. It's the USCIS customer service number. They will answer your questions and will tell you when you can expect your card. Regardless, keep in mind that the government does not give you legal advice, they answer your questions regarding the procedures only. I hope this helps
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No. However, if the employee needs temporary evidence of LPR status to avoid losing a job, he or she should try making an InfoPass appointment through www.uscis.gov (select speak to immigration officer). USCIS will sometimes agree to put a temporary I-551 stamp in the foreign passport. That would be evidence of work authorization. If he/she has no passport, bring two passport photos.
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