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Chapter 3 - Expired Permanent Resident Cards

To deter fraud and enhance security, USCIS field offices generally collect expired Permanent Resident Cards (PRCs) encountered through the normal course of business, unless the PRC has an unexpired extension sticker or a valid receipt notice to be used with the expired PRC as evidence of continuing LPR status.

Offices that have collected expired cards should follow agency procedures to update applicable systems and destroy the expired cards.


Legal Authorities

8 CFR 211.5 - Alien commuters

8 CFR 264.5 - Application for a replacement Permanent Resident Card

INA 101(a)(20) - Definition of lawfully admitted for permanent residence

INA 262 - Registration of aliens

INA 264 - Forms for registration and fingerprinting


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Technical Update - Temporary Proof of Lawful Permanent Resident Status

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is updating guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual regarding the temporary proof of status USCIS provides to lawful permanent residents (LPRs) applying to replace an expiring Permanent Resident Card (PRC).

Technical Update - Moving the Adjudicator’s Field Manual Content into the USCIS Policy Manual

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is updating and incorporating relevant Adjudicator’s Field Manual (AFM) content into the USCIS Policy Manual. As that process is ongoing, USCIS has moved any remaining AFM content to its corresponding USCIS Policy Manual Part, in PDF format, until relevant AFM content has been properly incorporated into the USCIS Policy Manual. To the extent that a provision in the USCIS Policy Manual conflicts with remaining AFM content or Policy Memoranda, the updated information in the USCIS Policy Manual prevails. To find remaining AFM content, see the crosswalk (PDF, 327.05 KB) between the AFM and the Policy Manual.

POLICY ALERT - Replacing Permanent Resident Card

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is issuing policy guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual regarding eligibility requirements, filing, and adjudication of requests to replace Permanent Resident Cards using the Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card (Form I-90).

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Technical Update - Replacing the Term “Foreign National”

This technical update replaces all instances of the term “foreign national” with “alien” throughout the Policy Manual as used to refer to a person who meets the definition provided in INA 101(a)(3) [“any person not a citizen or national of the United States”].