CAI continues to receive calls from employers with concerns and confusion regarding expiration dates appearing on “green cards.” The Lawful Permanent Resident Card is referred to as the “green card.” These cards are issued once an alien has been granted permanent residence in the US. A question frequently asked by employers is: “If one of our employees has a “green card” that has expired does that mean that they are no longer eligible to work for our company?”
Although a current employee’s “green card” may have expired, their employment eligibility with their employer is intact. It is the card that has expired, not the employment authorization with the current employer. Employers should encourage employees who have expired “green cards” to obtain a new card. Such individuals would have difficulty in obtaining other employment because employers are not permitted to accept an expired “green card” for initial employment purposes as an I-9 document. In addition, individuals with an expired “green card” who leave the US may experience delays upon attempts to re-enter the US.
For additional information regarding this matter, go to Green Card | USCIS.
If you have additional questions, please call CAI’s Advice and Resolution team at 919‑878‑9222 or 336‑668‑7746.