FOR GUILLERMO There is someone who is about to submit their I-90 for a card renewal. He is applying for unemployment

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Customer: FOR GUILLERMOHello sir. There is someone who is about to submit their I-90 for a green card renewal.He is applying for unemployment benefits and he was told in order to get that he has to have the I-551.When I looked into it, my research indicated that he would have to make an Infopass appointment to get the I-551 with a pending I-90 for his renewal.My question to you is -- do you know would he have to wait until he gets his I-797 letter for his I-90 green card renewal to bring with him to the Infopass appointment or will they see it in the computer? I am just trying to understand the logistics of this particular situation. Thank you!
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Guillermo Senmartin, Expert

This is a complicated situation because of COVID. Even before COVID it was difficult to get any Infopass appointment and even if one could get the Infopass, it didn't mean they would get the I-551. But yes, that's pretty much the way to get it, get an Infopass appointment. Should you wait until he gets the receipt? Yes, but that could take months. Try to make it before if you can. The receipt may even bring a sticker that could be placed on the green card:

USCIS to Replace Sticker That Extends Validity of Green Cards | USCIS

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OK I understand what you are saying but I wouldn't want him to go to the Infopass appointment and have them tell him that he has to have had the receipt on hand. That would be a waste and he would get angry.The issue with him is that he is trying to apply for unemployment benefits and they seem to want the i-551, according to him. I thought you always told me that even if the GC is expired, he is still a LPR? So I don't get why the unemployment place needs a I-551. Weird.
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Guillermo Senmartin, Expert

I understand that, but if he's in a hurry, the options are limited. Sorry. And yes, he is still a U.S. Lawful Permanent Resident even with an expired card, so no one is going to try to deport him. The issue is that to other agencies, to other private entities, he cannot prove it with an expired card.

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just to clarify, he waits for the i-797 receipt and then he schedules an Infopass appointment?Meaning USCIS won't be able to see the i-90 filing in their system if he doesn't bring the i-797 with him to appointment?
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Guillermo Senmartin, Expert

They may or they may not. It's not like he has much choice if he is in a hurry. Sorry.

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