Obtaining Proof of Residency While Waiting For Green Card Replacements and Renewals
As a result of lengthy processing times for Residents to receive Green Card renewals and replacements, the USCIS provides a temporary residency stamp which acts as a Green Card until the actual card is received.
Applying For a Green Card Renewal Or Replacement Can Be A Lengthy ProcessU.S. Residents who have lost a Green Card or who's Green Card requires renewal must apply for a replacement or renewed card with the USCIS (using form I-90). However, government processing times required to receive the new card can often take three months or more, which can be quite an inconvenience when a Resident needs proof of U.S. Residency to renew a Driver's License, obtain a employment and even travel. As a result, Residents who have filed the request and received the USCIS Receipt Notice (called a "Notice of Action") can obtain a temporary Residency stamp in their passport, called a "I-551" which provides proof of Residency status for up to one year
Make An Infopass Appointment To Get A Temporary Residency StampTo obtain the stamp, Residents should go online and make an Infopass Appointment at their local USCIS office. If your circumstances are urgent, for instance your Driver's License is expiring, and an Infopass Appointment is not available online, some USCIS offices will also serve walk-in customers. Generally, walk-in customers should go to their local office as early as 7am as possible to ensure acceptance.
Take The Following Documents To Your Infopass AppointmentResidents should bring the following documents to the USCIS when making the request 1) InfoPass appointment notice (if appointment was scheduled); 2) Valid passport; 3) USCIS Receipt Notice (called a "Notice of Action") to prove that Form I-90 was filed and is pending; 4) Copy of your lost or expired Green Card, if available; 5) Copy of your date-stamped Biometric appointment notice showing you had your biometrics taken if that is the case; 6) Proof of residence within the jurisdiction of the USCIS office, for instance, utility bill, valid driver's license, etc.; 7) If you have an urgent situation and you plan to apply as a walk-in, you'll need to bring documents to prove why you need the I-551 stamp on an emergency basis (i.e. airline ticket, flight itinerary, expired driver's license, for travel: doctor's letter or death certificate, along with evidence of the relationship to an ill or deceased relative; company letter if emergency travel is work-related, etc.).