05 Jan Permanent residents can apply for their citizenship, even if their green card has expired.
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a policy change to allow aliens with expired or expiring green cards to apply for U.S. citizenship through naturalization without having to provide evidence of having applied for a replacement card through the immigration form I-90.
USCIS made the change in response to severe delays experienced by the organization in processing immigration documentation, which is backlogged by more than 8.7 million forms.
USCIS has temporarily waived the six-month requirement for naturalization applicants. You will no longer have problems with your N-400 forms if you file them at least six months before the expiration date of your permanent resident card.
Prior to 2016, green card application processing times were less than 180 days. However, since then, processing times have tripled and even quadrupled at some USCIS offices. This has significantly affected the lives of thousands of family members residing in the United States who are waiting for their green cards.
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