\ afm \ Adjudicator's Field Manual - Redacted Public Version \ Chapter 52 Reentry Permits. \ 52.1 General.
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The Service and USCIS have issued one form or another of reentry permit to permanent resident aliens for many decades. The permits are all prepared and issued out of a central location, providing a high level of security and quality of the permits. If you are unfamiliar with the security features of the current reentry permits, you should review the relevant document alerts issued by the Forensic Document Lab.
Reentry permits are valid for a maximum period of two years unless otherwise restricted. The validity commences from the date of issuance, not from the date the application is received. A reentry permit cannot be extended.