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Border Patrol Travel Documents, Part 5

The Resident Alien Card, form I-551, was revised in August of 1989. This version was the first Alien Registration Card to contain an expiration date on every card. It is usually valid for ten years from the date of issue. The expiration date indicates when the card expires and it cannot be renewed. It does not indicate that the alien's status has expired. The card was modified in January 1992 when a white box was added behind the fingerprint.


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