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USCIS Adds Mail Delivery Option for ADIT Stamp Reception


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WASHINGTON, DC- Lawful permanent residents may now receive temporary evidence of their status via mail instead of having to physically visit a field office to obtain an Alien Documentation, Identification and Telecommunication (ADIT) stamp, also known as an I-551 stamp.

Lawful permanent residents have the right to evidence of their status and may require temporary evidence of their status, such as an ADIT stamp, in the following situations:


They do not have their Green Card.

Their application to replace their Green Card or petition to remove conditions on their residence is pending adjudication, and their Green Card and extension notice have expired.

When a lawful permanent resident contacts the USCIS Contact Center to request temporary evidence of status, an immigration services officer will verify their identity, physical mailing address, and whether the address can receive UPS or FedEx express mail. If necessary, they will schedule an in-person appointment for the lawful permanent resident, or submit a request to the USCIS field office to issue the ADIT stamp. If an in-person appointment is not required, the USCIS field office will review the request and mail the applicant a Form I-94 with ADIT stamp, DHS seal, and a printed photo of the lawful permanent resident obtained from USCIS systems.

USCIS has the discretion to determine if the requestor should receive an ADIT stamp and the validity period, based on the lawful permanent resident’s situation. The validity period should not exceed one year, unless specified otherwise by regulation or policy.

Some lawful permanent residents will still need to appear in person at a USCIS field office to receive temporary evidence of their status, such as those with urgent needs, those without a usable photo in USCIS systems, or those whose address or identity cannot be confirmed.

The new process aims to provide timely temporary evidence of lawful permanent resident status without requiring an appointment at the field office, thus reducing the burden on applicants and increasing availability of field office resources.

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