Recently it has been rumored that the USCIS will no longer honor the ADIT I-551 stamp in passport on approval of permanent resident status. On Friday, October 15, 2004, American Immigration Lawyers Association received information suggesting changes to the USCIS practice of placing ADIT (I-551) stamps in passports on approval of permanent resident status. AILA immediately assumed efforts to ascertain the accuracy of that information and to oppose any changes in the current practice.
Michael Hrinyak, Acting Executive Director, Immigration Policy and Programs, CBP, confirmed unequivocally that CBP will continue to honor ADIT (I-551) stamps for reentry purposes. CBP does not contemplate a change in this existing policy. Also, On-going meetings are occurring at USCIS regarding the issuance of the ADIT (I-551) stamps.
USCIS Ombudsman Prakash Khatri has also advised AILA’s Ombudsman Liaison Chair, Maggie Catillaz, that USCIS will NOT be changing its policy on issuance of I-551 stamps--that the agency will continue to issue them.
We will keep our readers posted of any new development on this issue.