TO: Proyecto San Pablo class members and counsel
FROM: Robert Gibbs, Robert Pauw, class counsel
RE: Approval of I-687 applications, FAQ
1. What does it mean when the AAO decision says that my I-687 application is approved? What documents should I receive from USCIS to prove my status?
The AAO decision approving your I-687 means that your legalization application filed in 1987-88 has been granted and you are a Lawful Temporary Resident (LTR), pursuant to INA 245A. After the AAO sends the file to the Nebraska Service Center, you should shortly receive an I-797 approval notice stating that you are approved for Temporary Resident status, and also an Employment/Travel Authorization card valid for four years. Because the LTR status is only granted to amnesty applicants from 1987/88, the agency does not have the ability to produce an LTR card, so the approval notice and Employment Authorization card are what CIS is providing you to demonstrate your status.