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

  1. Original 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]

    USCIS News Alert: Undeliverable Permanent Resident and Employment Authorization Cards and Travel Documents to be Destroyed After 60 Days
  2. Effective Date

    April 2, 2018

Current Status

Fully in Effect

Original Trump Policy Status

Status: Final/Actual
Trump Administration Action: Agency Directive
Subject Matter: Immigrant Visas
Agencies Affected: USCIS

Pre Trump-Era Policies

  • June 28, 2016 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


Trump-Era Policy Documents

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