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What Temporary LPR Status Documentation Means for Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification

Temporary Legal Permanent Resident stamp, also called an ADIT stamp, shown on Form I-94 in two different ways. One if you visit a USCIS Field Office and one if you receive the Form I-94 through the mail.

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Recently, USCIS field offices have started to deliver Form I-94s with ADIT stamps (Temporary I-551s) as temporary evidence of Legal Permanent Resident (LPR) status without requiring an in-person Field Office interview. This additional way to prove valid status was added as an acceptable List A receipt for Form I-9 and E-Verify.

This process would begin with the LPR or legal representative calling the USCIS Contact Center with the request for temporary evidence of status. The Officer would then verify information such as their identity, mailing address, and if that address can receive courier services other than USPS (such as, FedEx or UPS). Then, the Officer will determine if an in-person appointment is needed or go ahead to submit a request to a Field Office to initiate the creation of temporary evidence. If no in-person appointment is needed, the Field Office will review the request and mail a Form I-94 with an ADIT stamp, DHS seal, and printed photo of the LPR obtained through USCIS. 

The Form I-94 will look different if coming from an in-person appointment or delivered via the mail. Please see above the following examples of what the Form I-94 will look like in both instances.

Both versions are acceptable for Form I-9 purposes. The placement of the photo is the main difference between the two versions. If the ADIT stamp was obtained through an in-person appointment, the picture is affixed on the top left-hand side. If the ADIT stamp was obtained through the mail, the photo is affixed on the top right-hand side. In both cases, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) seal is over the ADIT stamp and photograph. 

If an LPR has issues with delivery or use of the Form I-94 with an ADIT (temporary I-551) stamp, contact my office at 630-262-1435 or email me at