7.1 Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR)

7.1 Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR)

Employees must be allowed to choose which document(s) they will present from the Lists of Acceptable Documents. You cannot specify which document(s) an employee must present. Employees who attest to being an LPR in Section 1 may choose to present a List A document (such as a Form I-551, Permanent Resident Card) or a List B and List C document combination (such as a state-issued driver’s license and unrestricted Social Security card). Do not require an employee who presents a List A document to present List B and List C documents. Do not require an employee who presents List B and List C documents to present a List A document.

Form I-551, Permanent Resident Cards may:

  • Have no expiration date. Cards with no expiration date have no conditions and should not be reverified. These cards were issued from 1977 - August 1989.
  • Have a 10 year expiration date. Cards with a 10 year expiration date have no conditions and should not be reverified. 
  • Have a 2 year expiration date. Cards with a 2 year expiration date have conditions and should not be reverified if unexpired when presented for Form I-9.

Documents Requiring Reverification

LPRs and conditional residents may be issued temporary I-551 documents. These documents are acceptable for Form I-9 as follows:

  • The combination of an expired Permanent Resident Card and a Form I-797, Notice of Action, that indicates the card’s validity has been extended. This is acceptable List C evidence of employment authorization. At the end of the extension period, you must reverify.
  • If an employee presents the arrival portion of Form I-94/Form I-94A Arrival Departure Record, containing an unexpired temporary I-551 stamp and a photograph of the individual, this combination of documents is an acceptable List A receipt for the Permanent Resident Card. The employee must present their Permanent Resident Card to you no later than when the stamp expires, or one year after the issuance date of the Form I-94 if the stamp does not contain an expiration date.
  • Reverification is necessary if an employee presents a foreign passport with either a temporary I-551 stamp or I-551 printed notation on a machine-readable immigrant visa (MRIV) when the stamp or MRIV expires, or one year after the admission date if the stamp or MRIV does not contain an expiration date.
  • MRIVs are usually issued with the following language on the visa: “UPON ENDORSEMENT SERVES AS TEMPORARY I-551 EVIDENCING PERMANENT RESIDENCE FOR 1 YEAR.” The one year time period begins on the date of admission. If, in the rare instance, an immigrant visa is issued without the statement “FOR 1 YEAR,” you should treat the MRIV as evidence of permanent residence status for one year from the date of admission.
  • If the stamp in the passport is endorsed “CR-1” and is near but not on the immigrant visa, it is still a valid endorsement.
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