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Yes you can. You do not have to replace a resident alien card if it has no expiration date and was not issued before your 14th birthday.
The Customs were urging you to replace your card because the old cards are not tamper proof and if it was lost or stolen, someone could substitute a photo on it relatively easily.
The new cards have digital pictures, magnetic strips, and are technically far less able to be tampered with.
However, a new card has to be renewed every 10 years and it is nearly $400 in filing fee.
Do you mean if you hyphenbate you name on other documents, such as SSN, passport, driver license? Yes, those documents and a marriage certificate will generally prove you are one and the same.
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I have an old i-151 card.
This is directly from immigtration:
Green Card Replacement ProgramAll old I-151 Cards Expire March 20, 1996Permanent resident aliens with an old Form I-151 Green Card, issuedbefore 1979, must obtain a new card, Form I-551 Alien Registration ReceiptCard, to maintain evidence of resident status. The old Form I-151 will nolonger be valid after March 20, 1996.The INS is urging those lawful permanent residents, who are in need ofthe new card and have not yet applied, to do so as soon as possible toavoid any possible confusion about their legal permanent resident statusafter March 20, 1996.
There is no rule that requires cards issued between 1979-1988 to be replaced. If your card was issued prior to 1979, those cards were recalled.
My apologies, I should have asked you your date of issue. There was a great deal of publicity when that rule became effective and most people complied. I had just assumed your card was issued between 79-88.
If you change all your legal documents to your husband's new name only then you would have to replace your card. Since you have to replace it anyway if it was issued pre-1979, it has to be replaced.
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