What is an I-551 Stamp in a passport?

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An I-551 stamp is temporary evidence of lawful permanent residence. It is issued in the passport upon arrival in the US, and serves as proof that the immigrant has permanent resident status while the actual green card is being generated.

When a new immigrant first enters the U.S., U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will stamp the passport with an admission stamp that indicates the date they first entered the U.S, and the date it is valid until.

USCIS will typically issue the I-551 stamp with a validity period of six to twelve months, and usually has the following text on it: “UPON ENDORSEMENT SERVES AS TEMPORARY I-551 EVIDENCING PERMANENT RESIDENCE FOR 1 YEAR.”

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  • Hi, I have I-551 stamp and I never received my green card

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  • Hi @Sebastian Mora Paz — if you haven't received your green card please visit UCIS and complete the Non-Delivery of Card form.

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  • ok so i can depart now

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  • Hi, I have I551 stamp, but I didn't receive my Green Card yet. 120 days have been past and the system doesn't let me fill the Non Delivery Card. What can I do now?

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  • A person with annotations like this: Class B (TB) ATTN of USPHS AT POE could be a reason to a delay of a Green Card? It is my sister's case

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  • Hello I just want to know why i didn't get I-551 stamp on my Visa passport upon arrival in USA, only a CBP admitted is only I have in my Visa

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  • Hello from my understanding everything you just said about the I-551 stamp on the passport that basically means they do have their green card just waiting for it to arrive? I'm asking in regards to stepson

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