An Employee’s Green Card Is Expiring — Do You Need to Reverify It?

Welcome to the second in a series of posts celebrating the publication of my new book: I-9 Verification Employment eGuide for HR professionals. This free, comprehensive book is chock-full of detailed information designed to walk you through the process and make sure you avoid (literally!) costly mistakes.

In this series of blog posts, I am sharing helpful information from the first chapter, titled “Top 10 Questions from Employers About I-9s.” The first post answered the question: what are the top mistakes that employers make in the I-9 process?

Here, we are going to go over the second question from that chapter: does an employer need to reverify an expiring “green card” (permanent resident card)?

Do Employers Have to Reverify Expiring Permanent Resident Cards?

Short answer: no. In most cases, and so long as the card was valid when you hired the individual in question.

There is, however, an exception that may require reverification: when temporary evidence of lawful permanent resident status is presented for Section 2.

What Kind of Section 2 Evidence Is Defined as “Temporary”?

Several types of evidence are considered “temporary”:

  • A foreign passport with a temporary Form I-551 stamp (List A document);
  • An expired Permanent Resident Card with Form I-797, Notice of Action, indicating that the card is valid for an additional year ( List C document); and
  • A Form I-94 with a temporary Form I-551 stamp (a receipt for the Permanent Resident Card). 

What Other Types of Documents Don’t Require Reverification?

Expiration of the following documents doesn’t require reverification either:

  • U.S. passports;
  • U.S. passport cards;
  • Form I-551 (Alien Registration Receipt Cards/Permanent Resident Cards, which are also known as “Green Cards”); and
  • List B documents.

You can find far more detailed information about the entire I-9 verification process by downloading my new eguide now.

Next week, we will share the answer to the third question from Chapter 1: when and how must the employer and the employee complete the Form I-9?