The ADIT is an abbreviation for Alien Documentation, Identification, and Telecommunication. The ADIT stamp is issued by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to lawful permanent residents who are in the process of renewing their green cards, or who have had their green cards lost, stolen, or destroyed. The ADIT stamp is a small, rectangular stamp that is placed in the passport or other travel document of the lawful permanent resident. The stamp will include the lawful permanent resident’s name, Alien registration number, and the date the stamp was issued. The ADIT stamp is valid for one year, however, USCIS may grant the ADIT stamp with a longer validity period, depending on the circumstances. If your ADIT stamp is about to expire, you can renew it by contacting the USCIS Contact Center. It is important to note that the ADIT stamp is temporary documentation of the lawful permanent resident status and is not a permanent replacement for your green card. You should continue following your green card’s instructions to renew it when it expires.
If you are a lawful permanent resident but you do not have your green card, you may be eligible for the ADIT stamp. If your green card has expired and you have filed an application to replace it, you may be eligible for the ADIT stamp. Here are some circumstances and eligibilities for the ADIT stamp.
- Lawful permanent residents whose green card has expired and an application to replace permanent resident card is still pending adjudication. If your green card has expired and you have a pending application to replace your permanent resident card, you may be eligible for the ADIT stamp.
- Lawful permanent residents who have filed a petition to remove conditions on residence, and their green card and extension notice have expired. If you have the filed application to remove the conditions on your permanent resident status, and your green card and extension notice have expired, you may be eligible for the ADIT stamp.
- Lawful permanent residents who have filed an application for naturalization, and their green card and extension notice have expired. If you have filed the application for naturalization, and your green card and extension notice have expired, you may be eligible for the ADIT stamp. In those cases, you should provide proof that your application is still pending, such as a receipt from USCIS.
On March 16, 2023, USCIS announced that certain eligible permanent residents may now receive temporary written evidence of their lawful permanent resident status by mail rather than physically visiting a field office to receive the ADIT stamp. Under the previous policy, it could be a time-consuming and inconvenient process, especially for those who live far from a field office. The new policy allows eligible permanent residents to request that USCIS mail them the ADIT stamp. Some lawful permanent residents are still required to schedule an in-person appointment with a USCIS field office if they are not eligible to receive the ADIT stamp through the new policy. In this case, you should contact the USCIS Contact Center to schedule an in-person appointment with a USCIS field office. When you go to your appointment, you should bring your passport or other travel document, your expired green card (if you have it), and any other documentation supporting your lawful permanent resident status. You will also need to pay the ADIT stamp fee. The fee is currently $85, which is non-refundable, even if your application is denied. The USCIS officer will review your documents, and if you are approved for an ADIT stamp, the officer would place the stamp in your passport or other travel document.
The ADIT stamp is a valuable tool for lawful permanent residents who need temporary documentation of their status. If you are a lawful permanent resident and you are in need of the ADIT stamp, you may want to consult an immigration attorney. The attorneys at Tanner Law Offices can assist you with your ADIT stamp process or need more information. Please contact our office at (717) 731-8114 to schedule a consultation to discuss your case.