Legal Question in Immigration Law in Florida

I have and old form I551 without expiration date, I heard those forms are still valid so I laminated in ordeer to preserve it they do not have magnetic strips or bar codes, my question is this:

Is it true those forms are still good?

Can I go out of the USA and use that form to get in?

Asked on 9/04/09, 1:24 pm

2 Answers from Attorneys

Alice Yardum-Hunter Alice M. Yardum-Hunter, a Law Corp.

Yes you should be able to use the old card and travel, however if you wanted to be safest, I recommend getting a new card. Rules change every day. CIS for example has a rule that if you apply for citizenship, they want you to have a card with an expiration date not shorter than six months into the future. There was also a proposed rule about making the old cards stale, which did not become a regulation, but that doesn't mean that it won't become enforceable in the future.

Though currently, the worst that could currently happen if you travel is that on return, you'll be required to file for a new card.

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Alice Yardum-Hunter, Certified Specialist, Immigration & Nationality Law, State Bar of CA and "Super Lawyer" 2004-2009, Los Angeles Magazine

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Answered on 9/09/09, 12:42 pm

Larry L. Doan Law Office of Larry L. Doan

No, green cards are only good for 10 years now. That's an old edition that should be replaced. If you travel and apply for readmission to the U.S. with that card, you may face delays as they verify that you are still a legal permanent resident.

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Answered on 9/09/09, 12:45 pm

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