New Card is Being Produced i-485: What Does It Mean?

by | Mar 5, 2024

Navigating the path to U.S. permanent residency can be complex and filled with anticipation. At North County Immigration, led by lead attorney Anna Hysell, we understand the gravity of each update during this journey.

One important yet sometimes confusing update is the “New Card Is Being Produced” status for your Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status.

But what exactly does this update signify?

Understanding the I-485 Process

Form I-485 is a crucial step for immigrants seeking to adjust their status to that of a lawful permanent resident in the United States. This application is the last step for those eligible under certain categories, such as family-based or employment-based adjustments, to obtain their Green Card.

The Meaning of “New Card Is Being Produced”

When the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) updates your case status to “New Card Is Being Produced,” it signifies a significant milestone. This update typically means that your I-485 application has been approved, and USCIS is now in the process of manufacturing your physical Green Card.

What Comes Next?

Following this update, you can expect to receive your Green Card in the mail, typically within 30 days. This card serves as your proof of lawful permanent residency in the U.S., granting you the freedom to live and work in the country indefinitely.

Preparing for Your Green Card Arrival

While waiting for your Green Card, ensure your mailing address with USCIS is current to avoid delivery issues. It’s also an excellent time to familiarize yourself with the rights and responsibilities that come with permanent residency.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I travel outside the U.S. before my card arrives?

A: It’s advisable to wait for your Green Card before making travel plans to avoid re-entry issues.

Q: What if I don’t receive my card within 60 days?

A: Contact USCIS or seek assistance from an immigration attorney if your card is delayed beyond the expected timeframe.

Q: How do Green Cards ship?

A: Green Cards (Permanent Resident Cards) in the United States are issued and sent by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Once an individual’s application for permanent residency (e.g., Form I-485 for adjustment of status) is approved, and the card is produced, the USCIS mails the Green Card to the applicant’s mailing address. Here are key points regarding the shipping process:

  1. Production and Mailing: After approval, the Green Card is printed and mailed out. This process can take several weeks. USCIS provides a case status update, often accessible online through the USCIS Case Status Online tool, indicating when the card has been mailed.
  2. Shipping Method: USCIS typically uses the United States Postal Service (USPS) for mailing Green Cards. It’s important for recipients to ensure their mailing address is current with USCIS to avoid delivery issues.
  3. Secure Mail Initiative: USCIS may use secure mailing options for important documents. This includes tracking capabilities and may require a signature upon delivery to ensure the card’s safe arrival.
  4. Change of Address: If an applicant moves while their Green Card is being processed, it’s crucial to update their address with USCIS promptly to avoid misdelivery. This can be done online through the USCIS Change of Address page or by contacting the USCIS Contact Center.
  5. Delivery Issues: If there are issues with the delivery of the Green Card, such as it not arriving within the expected timeframe, the recipient should contact USCIS. In some cases, if a Green Card is returned to USCIS as undeliverable, the applicant may need to provide a correct address and possibly pay for re-mailing.

It’s essential for recipients to monitor their case status and maintain clear communication with USCIS regarding their mailing address to ensure the smooth delivery of their Green Card.

Tips for a Smooth Process

To ensure a seamless continuation of your application process, keep all documents related to your I-485 application organized and accessible. Staying informed about your case status through the USCIS website or mobile app is also crucial.

North County Immigration: Green Card Lawyers

The “New Card Is Being Produced” status is a harbinger of your upcoming transition to permanent residency in the United States. At North County Immigration, we share in your excitement and are here to support you through this final phase of your journey.

If you have questions about your I-485 status or need guidance on your immigration journey, North County Immigration is here to help. Led by Anna Hysell, our team offers expert advice and compassionate service to navigate the complexities of immigration law. We can help you to ensure your path to U.S. permanent residency is smooth and secure.

Contact us today!

By Anna M. Hysell

Ms. Hysell is the founding and managing attorney of North County Immigration. After graduating from law school at the University of Wisconsin and getting several years of experience, Ms. Hysell returned to her native Southern California to open an office in North San Diego County to serve clients from the Bay Area to the Mexican Border. She frequently speaks at law conferences, law schools, and workshops providing training to other lawyers. Ms. Hysell is committed to representing individuals with the resolve, compassion, ethics, and values she believes everyone deserves.