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An Employee’s Green Card Is Expiring — Do You Need to Reverify It?

by | Feb 1, 2023 | I-9 and E-Verify, Immigration

Welcome to the second in a series of posts celebrating the publication of my new book: I-9 Verification Employment eGuide for HR professionals. We have made this free, comprehensive book chock-full of detailed information.

It’s designed to walk you through the process. Hopefully, it will help you avoid (literally!) costly mistakes.

In this series of blog posts, I am sharing helpful information from the first chapter, “Top 10 Questions from Employers About I-9s.” The first post answered the question: what are the top mistakes that employers make in the I-9 process?

Here, we are going to go over the second question from that chapter.

Does an employer need to reverify an expiring “green card” (permanent resident card)?

Do Employers Have to Reverify Expiring Permanent Resident Cards?

Short answer: No, in most cases. So long as you hired the individual in question when they possessed a valid card.

However, employers need to look out for an exception. When they must present temporary evidence of lawful permanent resident status for Section 2, they may need to reverify.

What Kind of Section 2 Evidence Does USCIS Define as “Temporary”?

Several types of evidence are considered “temporary“:

  • A foreign passport with a temporary Form I-551 stamp (List A document)
  • An expired Permanent Resident Card with Form I-797, Notice of Action – indicating that the card is valid for an additional year ( List C document), and
  • A Form I-94 with a temporary Form I-551 stamp (a receipt for the Permanent Resident Card)

What Other Types of Documents Don’t Require Reverification?

Expiration of the following documents doesn’t require reverification either:

  • U.S. passports;
  • U.S. passport cards;
  • Form I-551 (Alien Registration Receipt Cards/Permanent Resident Cards, which are also known as “Green Cards”); and
  • List B documents.

You can find far more detailed information about the entire I-9 verification process by downloading my new eguide now.

Next week, we will share the answer to the third question from Chapter 1: when and how must the employer and the employee complete the Form I-9?

Originally Published August 5, 2021. Updated February 1, 2023.



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