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USCIS issues directive to destroy documents returned as undeliverable after 60 days

  1. Date Announced

    April 3, 2018

    Starting April 2, USCIS will destroy Permanent Resident Cards, Employment Authorization Cards and Travel Documents returned as undeliverable by the U.S. Postal Service after 60 business days if USCIS is not contacted by the document’s intended recipient to provide the correct address. [ID #716]

    View Policy Document
  2. Effective Date of Change

    April 2, 2018
Status: Final/Actual
Type of Action: Agency Directive
Subject Matter: Immigrant Visas
Agencies Affected: USCIS

Prior Policies

  • Destruction of Secure Forms/Cards and Benefit Documents returned to USCIS as undeliverable must be in accordance with the Records Policy Manual (RPM), Office of Security and Integrity (OSI) policy, and other retention schedules. Formerly, USCIS was permitted to destroy the undeliverable documents 1 year after the date of the document's return to the possession of USCIS.

    USCIS Request for Records Disposition Authority

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