The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released updated guidance on the Alien Documentation, Identification, and Telecommunication (ADIT) stamp, also known as the I-551 stamp, on March 16, 2023. This updated guidance pertains to how this stamp may be delivered. Continue reading to learn what the new process for getting an ADIT stamp mailed is and how an experienced Lyndhurst green card immigration lawyer at The Law Offices of Salvatore A. Falletta can help you in understanding this.
What is an ADIT stamp?
Put simply, an ADIT stamp is meant to offer a temporary piece of evidence of legal permanent resident status for those who are eligible.
In the past, applicants had to schedule an appointment to pick up an ADIT stamp at a USCIS field office. But now, the USCIS has opened the option of having this stamp mailed to an applicant’s physical mailing address. The hope with this initiative is that applicants will have a reduced burden, all while the USCIS field offices have an increasing availability for other resources.
What do I have to do to get an ADIT stamp mailed to me?
First of all, you must make certain that you qualify for an ADIT stamp in general. That is, eligible applicants must not have their green card yet or must have a form that is still pending adjudication with a green card or extension notice that has expired. Namely, relevant forms include Form 1-90 (i.e., Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card), Form I-751 (i.e., Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence), or Form N-400 (i.e., Application for Naturalization).
Once you can confirm this, then you may proceed with requesting an ADIT stamp be mailed to you. You will have to first call the USCIS Contact Center and ask an officer for a temporary piece of evidence for your legal permanent resident status. In return, the USCIS officer will ask you to verify your identity, your physical mailing address, and whether your physical mailing address can receive UPS or FedEx express mail.
Afterward, the USCIS will determine whether mailing an ADIT stamp to you is possible. If yes, they will ship out the stamp, Form 1-94, a Department of Homeland Security seal, and a printed photo of you from the USCIS systems. If not, they will ask that you schedule an in-person appointment at one of their field offices.
You must follow these steps closely so that you can strengthen your chances of getting an ADIT stamp mailed to you. With that being said, you should not have to go through these steps alone. Reach out to our notable Lyndhurst family and individual immigration law firm to schedule your initial consultation today. Our attorneys are looking forward to serving you.