July 21, 2020
In June 2020, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reduced its capacity to print secure documents, such as Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) Cards and Employment Authorization Documents, after it ended a contract with an outside company responsible for printing these cards. According to USCIS, it intended to hire federal employees to replace the contractors; however, its financial situation resulted in a hiring freeze that has impacted the printing of these secure cards.
Stakeholders are submitting requests for case assistance to the Office of the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman (Ombudsman), confirming there are delays in receiving these secure documents. USCIS expects these backlogs will continue for the foreseeable future. Should there be a furlough of USCIS employees on August 3, 2020, card production backlogs will likely increase.
The Ombudsman is assisting individuals whose applications have been approved but whose cards have not yet been produced, by sending weekly spreadsheets to USCIS to verify card requests are in line to be processed. If you are experiencing a delay in receiving your secure document, you may submit a request for case assistance with the Ombudsman at https://www.dhs.gov/topic/cis-ombudsman/forms/7001.
LPRs may obtain proof of their status by requesting a stamp of temporary evidence in a valid passport. Please reach out to USCIS’ Contact Center (800-375-5283) to make an appointment at your local USCIS field office.
如果你的永久绿卡即将或已经到期、需要更新，或者是临时绿卡要转成正式绿卡，可联系移民局在当地的办公室（field office），在护照上加盖 I-551 临时注释，也称「临时移民章」。
I-551 就是永久居民卡（Permanent Resident Card），俗称「绿卡」。最新版 I-551 如下。
这行注释即 “Temporary I-551 Stamp”，全文为：“Upon endorsement serves as temporary I-551 evidencing permanent residence for 1 year” -- 加注之后1年内即为永久居民身份之证明；参见下图。
人在美国怎么办理 I-551 临时章？
- 致电 USCIS 客服 1 (800) 375-5283 做预约。告诉他们你需要 temporary I-551 stamp for international travel。注意：移民局近日重新设计了官网，现在已经不能在官网预约 InfoPass，参见官网说明：“If you are inside the United States, you can no longer schedule an appointment online using InfoPass for domestic offices.”
- 在预约好的日期，带好所需的文件，包括有效的护照、InfoPass 预约单（如果有的话）、能证明你移民身份的文件（I-485 approval notice; I-90 receipt notice; 快过期／已过期的绿卡；等），到当地的移民局办公室办理即可。
因为疫情，很多地方的 USCIS field offices 现在可能关门、或只处理紧急事务，不一定能预约常规事项。Good luck.