New Green Cards means more burden for Permanent Residents

September 5, 2007

On August 22, 2007 the office of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) proposed a rule, published in the Federal Register, that would require people who obtained their permanent residence between 1979 and 1989 to replace their current green cards with new ones that have expiration dates and updated security features. This new rule will affect an estimated 750,000 people. If or when the new rule takes effect, the permanent residents will have 120 days to comply and send in their forms requesting a new green card or they will face a $100 fine, 30 days in jail, or both.

As part of the process, the permanent residents will be expected to fill out an I-90 form and pay a $290 fee, plus an extra $80 for biometrics (fingerprinting). The FBI will be using the biometrics to conduct background checks on those who submit the forms. This could potentially lead to many permanent residents’ being deported. If they have been found guilty of any crimes, the permanent residents risk deportation even if they have served time or paid the fines for the crime.

Permanent residents who will be affected by these rules can choose to replace their green cards now, but are warned to see an immigration attorney before doing so. (You can make an appointment at one of our immigration centers to meet with an immigration attorney at no charge.) The proposed rule has not yet been approved and is up for review. The rule can be viewed and commented on by the public at http://www.regulations.gov until September 21, 2007.

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