New Card is Being Produced

“New Card Is Being Produced” Case Status

What does “New Card is being produced” mean when you are applying for a Green card or looking at your EAD Status?

The status report ‘New card is being produced’ tell you that the USCIS has completed all the formalities, Using the i 765 form that you you filed for employment has gone through and has been validated. The card has been sent out to be etched on paper. Congratulations!

You will receive the card within 5-10 working days via mail after the status changes to ‘New card is being produced’. 

The card that you need for you career and your employment in the United States will be validated, your social security number is also soon to receive the status “New card is being Produced”. Your petition will be sent to the SSA office and you will be entitled to get it in 4-5 weeks after you have completed form i 765. The USPS, will make sure that it shares it for you once you SSN is approved.

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What is an EAD and how to apply for it?

The EAD or the Employee Authorization Document grants approval in the US and it is filed using the I 765 application form issued by the USCIS. 

You will also be able to choose to document the I 765 application form along with the green card application form I-485 and two passport size photographs to cut down the work permit application fee. 

The step-by-step process of applying for a Green Card:

The Green Card, also known as the immigration visa or the status of being Legal Permanent Resident can be obtained in three different ways. Go through the pointers below and you might just get to see the status update on your USCIS account stating “New Card is Being Produced”

  • First,with the help of a Relative: Applying for a Green Card with the assistance of your next of kin, ie, your relatives is one of the most straightforward ways to get a permanent residency. You are qualified to obtain a Green Card under this category if you are the immediate kin of someone who is a US citizen or has a Green Card (Spouse, unmarried child, or parent), another relative of a US Citizen, or a green card holder, fiancé of the US citizen or the fiancé’s child, widow(er) of a US citizen, an abused child, abused spouse or abused parent of a US citizen (self-petitioner).
  • Second, through your employment: You can obtain a Green Card through a job under the following circumstances:
    • You are planning on setting up a business or creating jobs for the US.
    • You have been offered a position in a company that can be filled by very few Americans as it may need special qualifications and experiences. In this case, your boss or manager can file a petition to the USCIS to apply for a Green Card.
    • There are provisions provided by the United States where individuals with extraordinary skills can apply for a green card under the “National Interest Waiver” or the “Aliens with Extraordinary Ability” category. 
    • You will also be eligible to apply for a green card if you qualify for translator jobs, religious workers, international organization employees, etc.
  • Third, by winning a Green Card Lottery (Diversity Immigrant Program)- There is this website called American Dream who has government-licensed emigration consultants will be able to provide substantive help through the green card lottery program. You can visit their website to get more information about it.
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There are several different steps and processes involved in the application of a Green Card and receiving the best message you can receive, stating that a “New Card is being Produced”.

Step 1:     

This step is applicable for the employer petitions only. It involves filing for Certification of labor as the first step even prior to submitting this petition. In this scenario, the employer first creates a job opportunity for a qualified worker in the States who are ready to and looking for a job. Failing to fill this position with a local worker, he then files a petition to the USCIS to apply for a green card for a foreign worker.

Step 2:

If you are applying for a Green Card through marriage or through a family member this is the step you need to start with. Your relative, employer, or your fiancé who is a US citizen needs to submit a petition on your behalf using the following forms:

  • Form I-130 to be filled by the family members
  • The Form I-140 to be filled by the employer
  • Form I-129F to be filled by the Fiance.

Apart from this, there are other forms of the petition that you can file on your own. Those include:

  • Form I-360 if you are a widow(er) of a US citizen
  • Form I-526 if you are an Entrepreneur or an investor and want to set-up a business and create jobs for the United States. 

There are several other categories under which you can file a petition for a Green card. Please visit the USCIS website to know more about them.

Step 3: 

Applying for a Green Card: Once you have filed a petition, you need to fill-up the Form I-485 or form DS 260 depending on where you live.

  • If you are currently living in the US, you need to file I-485, also commonly known as the ‘Adjustment of Status’. 
  • If you live in another country, the best way you can petition for to enter this country is to go through a process called “Consular Processing”. You will have to file this form with the National Visa Center (NVC) which then gathers all the information and the documents for verification and decides whether or not you are ready and qualify for the visa interview at the Embassy. The various steps involved in this process are –
    • Fee payment: It would cost about $445 including the financial support form and the USCIS processing fee.
    • Completion of DS 260 form which is the online application form for Green Card. This link will provide you a step by step process of filling a DS 260 form.
    • Providing the birth certificate or the passport’s photo identification page which contains proof of nationality of your spouse.
    • Proving the spouse’s ability to financially provide for your legal partner who is seeking a green card which would require evidence such as tax return documents, pay stubs,  form I-865 (Affidavit of support).

Step 4:

The last and final stage of the Green Card application process is attending the interview and waiting for approval. Be prepared to answer some general as well as personal questions. The main intention of the Visa Officer is to seek the authenticity of your relationship and your marriage with your sponsoring spouse. 

This particular period of the the green card application process can be a harrowing one, especially when applying for your document with the help of your spouse. This requires at least 7 months upto or more than 3 years. It is a pause in your life an can cause you a great deal of stress. If your partner is a US Citizen, or someone who has gained access to the their SSN, this period in your life can fluctuate. There are other factors that you might need to consider too, for example if your spouse is currently located outside of the United States of America. In rare instances, you may receive your green care in under 90 days.

Now that you have gone through the step-by-step process of how to apply for a green card, let us just understand when I 485 and I-751 forms are used during the Green Card application process and what they entail.

Immigration Forms Attached to Green Card and new EAD Cards

Forms to Fill

About I 485 and its importance during the Green Card application process:

The I 485 is known as the Adjustment of Status Form. it is Given out by the USCIS to the applicants who are looking to move to America forever and become and actual citizen of the States. The people who apply for a green card need to apply an i 485 form. You can visit this link to access or download the I 485 application form.

There are few benefits that you are  entitled to when filing for the adjustment of status:

  • Firstly, you can simultaneously apply for a work permit or an EAD while filing for an I 485. This will enable you to work in the US.
  • Secondly, you can apply for Advance Parole which will allow you to travel internationally while the adjustment status is still pending. 
  • Thirdly, you are allowed to stay in the United States legally even if you do not have a valid non-immigrant visa while the status of your visa application for LPR is still pending. 

How long does it take to process for I-485 and receive the status ” New card is Being Produced”

The entire process of filing the I 485 and in the end receiving your green card to finish the ‘adjustment of status’ is a long and complicated process.

It can take about eight months to two years or more depending on each case. The confirmation on the receipt of this file will come in 2 to 3 weeks approximately.

What is the filing fee for I 485?

A total cost of $1140 is involved in filing this application form, however, there are few exceptions where the applicant doesn’t have to pay the entire fee. The applicants above 79 years of age, children below 14 years of age, and the applicants who live in the US as a refugee status do not have to pay the entire fees.

What is the I-751 Form and how does it relate to your status as a permanent resident of the US?

I-751 form or ‘Petitions to Remove Conditions’ is filed when the applicant wants to extend the Green Card from 2 years to a regular 10 years validity, by requesting for removing some specific conditions on permanent residence’.

This is applicable to the marriage-based green card whose initial validity is only for 2 years.

What is the i – 551 form and how is it connected to the green card application?

The i-551 is an internal identification number. It is just a form number given to a permanent resident document or a green card.

This form acts as proof that the individual can live and work in the US indefinitely while his or her green card is being renewed.

The i-551 number is located on the front and back of the card. Not just green cards, but this form is used as temporary proof of residence for an immigrant visa or on your passport if the green card is lost or damaged.

What is the i-551 stamp?

Has your green card gone missing? What do you do in a scenario like this? What are the steps you can take to show that you are a legal citizen in the US? You need to get an i-551 stamp on your passport. This will act as apparent and evident proof before a new green card arrives. If you do this, you will also be given the ability to travel and get employment if needed. 

The form i-551 is the right way for your to proceed if your green card has a time limit. Usually the viability of a Green Card can last for up to 10 years. if your green card is coming close to the end of its authentication period, we stress that you get your i-551 form stamped on your passport. We recommend you do this as the mean waiting period can last from 6 months to a year. If you are more cautious than we are that don’t wait around until you are 6 months too late.

An unexpired I-551 document is also considered as a valid i-9 document by employers or other authorities because it allows you to travel abroad and re-enter the US.

MRIV Immigrant Visa

What is an MRIV?

MRIV refers to ‘machine-readable immigrant visa’. When an individual is immigrating to the US inaugurally, the CBP (customs and border protection) officers will place a stamp of admission on your passport as evidence of permanent residence. In most cases, it will read

“UPON ENDORSEMENT SERVES AS TEMPORARY I-551 EVIDENCING PERMANENT RESIDENCE FOR 1 YEAR”

at the bottom of the document over the machine-readable document number, however even if the above statement is not mentioned in the certificate you will have to consider that it is valid for 1 year only from the date of the stamping.

What is the process of getting an i-551 stamp? Can an applicant get a temporary I-551 Stamp for lost Green Cards?

It is quite important to note that you can ask for a i-551 stamp not just when you are looking forward to a new green card or if your card is about to expire. You have to get it if your green card is damaged or is missing. Want to know what the steps are to get your i-551 stamped? All you need to do is take a look at the steps below.

I-551 stamps can be obtained not just by someone who is about to receive a new green card or whose green card is about to expire, but by someone who has lost the green card or vandalized it. 

Check the pointers stated below to acknowledge how you can get your i-551 form stamped

  1. The first thing you have to do is file for I-90 which is the application form for replacing or renewing a permanent resident card. 
  2. Once you have completed and submitted the i-90 form, make a note of the i-90 receipt number and keep a copy of the receipt which you will need during the interview. 
  3. Scheduling an appointment with the USCIS. You can either call on 1-800-375-5283 and request the call center representative to schedule an appointment for you at the nearest office or you can book your appointment online in the ‘My appointment section’ of the USCIS website. You just need to follow simple instructions and fill in the fields as asked. 
  4. Attending the interview: You will have to visit the nearest USCIS office where your interview has been scheduled. You also have to carry some supporting documents which are mentioned in the subsection below.
  5. You may also be asked to provide your biometrics at the time of the interview.

Documents that you need to carry for the i-551 interview:

  1. Your passport has a validity of at least 6 months to 1 year. 
  2. The receipt of the i-90 application form. 
  3. A hard copy of your  i-551 Infopass appointment notice. 
  4. Proof of permanent residence.
  5. A copy of your lost green card if available.

The cost of filing an i-90 form will be around $445 USD and the biometric process will cost about $85 USD.

Frequently Asked Questions(FAQs)

When does the status change to ‘New Card is being produced’?

Your application status changes to ‘new card are being produced’ when USCIS has approved your EAD application and the EAD card has been sent for printing.

How long does it take for the EAD application to get approval?

It can take up to 3 months for an Employee Authorization Document to be approved.

Under what circumstances can an EAD application be rejected?

Your EAD application can only be rejected under one condition, that your green card application has been approved and you don’t need an EAD or a work-permit anymore to work in the US. 

What is the difference between “Priority Date” in the context of your application and its status?

The ‘priority date’ refers to the date when the USCIS receives the completed application for visa petition from the applicant.  

What is a Conditional Green Card?

Conditional Green Cards are marriage-based Green Cards that are valid for just 2 years.

The conditional Green Card holders can file an I-751 (Petitions to Remove Conditions) and request for a permanent Green Card which is for 10 years. 

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