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  1. Hello again! We're already here in the US for almost 3 weeks now and we haven't received our actual green card yet. We already went to the immigration office here in our state to ask the question but they said that we need to wait for the actual green card. I felt that they weren't sure of their answer that's why I've also searched on different forums but I got an opposite answer. So my question is, Can they go back to the Philippines and re-enter the US with only the Visa that we had and Temporary I-551 Stamp on their passport? Thanks in advance and have a great day
  2. Hello. i am married to an US citizen and my temporary green card expired a year ago. I submitted my paperwork to get the permanent green card and i received the extension paper last august 2016 that will expire 08/18/2017. My Green card still didn't arrived yet and i called the uscis 1 month ago to ask them what is the situation as i need to fly out on Aug 20th 2017 for a surgery in my country. They've told me my case is pending and is on schedule , however i have to make an appointment to get the i-551 ( stamp in my passport) so i could travel outside US. Today i went to the uscis office and i got it , however my passport expires in November 2017 so i was planing to have a new passport done while being in my country. The officer didn't knew if i can come back after i will get a new passport as my old one will be invalid as they will cut the first page. My question is : Can i use my invalid passport with the i-551 stamp to come back at the border while i travel with my new passport? I know with a valid visa i can do that ( use the visa from the old passport while traveling with a new one). Can i do the same with the stamp from my old invalid passport? Thank you sonmuch for your fast reply as i have 3 days to fly out and i need to make sure i can come back if i renew my passport while i have the stamp in the invalid passport.
  3. Hi all, On 7-18 my husband's green card was approved. We received the welcome letter, however... On 8-1, the card was undeliverable due to that we were forwarding our mail to our summer internship address. We canceled the forwarding, had the post office hold our mail and are back at our address. Thus the green card will be deliverable once it is sent. We also opened a service request, and it was accepted on 8/14, but we have not heard a word since. My husband recently received a great job offer, BUT we need the green card in order for him to start work. We called the service number today, and they said we could try to get his passport stamped with I-551. Our service center in Charlotte, NC has no available info pass appointments, and our only option seems to be to try walking in and asking. Has anyone dealt with anything similar such as walk-ins, and/or the I-551 stamp? Thank you so much in advance!
  4. Hi guys I've been trying to find information on this matter everywhere in the forums, and I can't find any cases similar to mine. I would like to have some advice in this matter. I am currently pending on my removal of conditions, my original green card expired on September 2016 and I filed for removal of condition at the beginning of August 2016. My case is on the CSC. I know that many people is being delayed here. Right now, I received a notification from my employer that they will have to terminate me by September 5th if I can't show proof of my eligibility to work after this. When I did my original i-9 they didn't take in consideration my green card and extension letter, but instead, they did the verification with my state id and social security card (I don't know why) Anyway, I scheduled my infopass appointment today and I went to the field office in Indianapolis, IN. Before coming in, I called customer service who told me that I could get an I-551 stamp to extend my extension letter until the ROC is processed. He also said that if my passport was expired or lost I could get an i-94 card with the same stamp. When I talked to the lady at the office, she said that she couldn't stamp my passport because it was going to expire on September 9th 2017, and that she couldn't give me an i-94 card with the I-551 stamp, because I am a permanent resident. I was shocked. I kept asking her and told her that I would be terminated if I couldn't provide my employer with a new green card. She told me to renew my passport first and get the stamp later, and that my ROC would take at least 45 to 90 days still. Now, is this correct? Or should I had insisted more? Right now, its almost impossible for me to get my passport within the time frame, as I don't have my ID from my original country anymore. I feel as if the only choice i would have would be to be fired from my job and wait for my green card to arrive. Any ideas? Thank you for any input,
  5. Hi all, On 7-18 my husband's green card was approved. We received the welcome letter, however... On 8-1, the card was undeliverable due to that we were forwarding our mail to our summer internship address. We canceled the forwarding, had the post office hold our mail and are back at our address. Thus the green card will be deliverable once it is sent. We also opened a service request, and it was accepted on 8/14, but we have not heard a word since. My husband recently received a great job offer, BUT we need the green card in order for him to start work. We called the service number today, and they said we could try to get his passport stamped with I-551. Our service center in Charlotte, NC has no available info pass appointments, and our only option seems to be to try walking in and asking. Has anyone dealt with anything similar such as walk-ins, and/or the I-551 stamp? Thank you so much in advance!
  6. Hi Guys, My 10 yr GC expired in April 2017. In June, I applied for my citizenship, filling out the N-400. I have done my Biometrics and waiting on interview. I got offered my DREAM job and my start date is on the 28th of this month. However, I do not have proof of ability to work since my GC is expired and I do not have a SS card. I need to get the I-551 stamp on my passport to enable me work and travel while my applications are pending. I already have an infopass appointment for the 21st. However, If I show up there with my notice of action for N-400, will I get the stamp? Or do I have to file for I-90 and take that notice of action to get the stamp? I do not want to file I-90 as that will just be a waste of $500 since I should be getting my citizenship in a few short months. So thats my dilemma. SHould I go to my infopass appointment with my expired GC, notice of action for N-400 and biometrics, and hope to get the stamp? Or should I spend $500 to apply for 1-90 before I go to the infopass appointment? Help will be greatly appreciated!
  7. Hi everyone, My green card has expired December 2016. I have an extension letter for 1 year which will expire soon December 2017. I will be travelling out of the country on December (my extension letter will be expired by then). How soon can I get an i-551 stamp? Can I get the stamp as early as August?
  8. Hi all, I know I've been part of some discussions regarding how and when we're eligible to get the I-551 extension stamp to replace an expiring NOA green card extension letter. My wife (green card holder) and I (US citizen) had an InfoPass appointment yesterday in Portland, OR, and here's what we were able to determine: 1. Immigration officers have a guideline (not a hard-and-fast rule, I think) that an I-551 stamp should only be given if the green card holder will need it within the next month (30 days?). Apparently part of the reason for this guideline is that if they give you a stamp long before you need it, there's a bigger chance that you'll get your 10-year green card in the meantime, which is not ideal because they prefer you to only have one or the other. 2. However, this does not necessarily mean your extension letter must be expiring within the next month. My wife's is expiring in early November, but we were able to get the I-551 stamp yesterday (July 14) because she has to renew her driver's permit on August 5. The stamp is valid for a year from the date it was issued, and my wife had to forfeit her expired 2-year green card because "the stamp counts as a green card, and you can't have two green cards at the same time". 3. What if we're traveling abroad for several months and not coming back until after the extension letter expires? This didn't end up applying to us (though a week ago we thought it would), but here's what the officer said: You do need to get a stamp for this (otherwise there's some kind of special consular permission or something you have to get to re-enter the country, I think she said). She said that you can get the stamp for this reason, even if your letter isn't within a month of expiring, but "I would probably ask you to come back in to get the stamp just a week or two before you leave". 4. What if you're starting a new job that needs to see your papers, and you expect to stay at the job past the expiration date of the extension letter? This actually did apply to us - my wife was just offered a new job the day before our InfoPass appointment. The officer said that you don't need a stamp for this - that the employer will accept your current extension letter, and wait until it's expiring to ask for documentation of continued residency. (But in our case, she gave us the stamp anyway because of the expiring driver's permit.) I imagine all this could vary from officer to officer, and as I said before, it seems that it's ultimately up to their discretion, but I thought others (including people searching this in the future) might find this general information useful.
  9. I expect the answer to be no but I wanted to ask if anyone thinks it's possible to get the I-551 stamp at the border following a trip abroad. When we re-enter the U.S., it will be 3½ months before the expiration date I-797 Notice of Action (which extends one year past the green card). So too early to get an InfoPass appointment. However it will only be 1½ months before the one year mark from receipt date on her NoA. I mention this because my state's DMV (erroneously, in my opinion) issued her driver license to expire one year from the receipt date and not one year from the green card expiration date. Although I will request an InfoPass appointment as we approach the weeks preceding the one-year mark from the NoA, I'm afraid USCIS will say that's too far out to get the I-551 stamp, despite the fact that without it my wife won't have a valid driver license in the interim. Does CBP have the authority to issue an I-551 ADIT stamp to a green card holder undergoing Removal of Conditions? If not, has anyone successfully gotten an I-551 stamp well before the one-year mark from the green card expiration date? We filed 89 days before the green card expiration date so in order to have continued proof of her residency we'd need the I-551 almost three months early.
  10. Hello, So my greencard card arrived this week, which was great except it had been issued incorrectly. It was issued with an IF1 category and a ten year expiry date, instead of having a two year conditional date and a CF1 category. We were only married in December 2016 so I know this is a mistake. I made an Infopass appointment to get an I-551 passport stamp on the recommendation of another forum user, and managed to get one in two weeks time, but I am wondering if I should send back the greencard and the I-90 form prior to the appointment, or keep hold of it, take everything along to the appointment and turn it in there. On the one hand I don't want to give up my proof of residency, but on the other I don't want to get to the appointment and have them refuse to stamp my passport with an I-551 because i haven't submitted an I-90 yet. I tried calling USCIS but they weren't too helpful! Anybody have any experience in this area? Thank you!
  11. Hi all, A question for those of you who have gotten an I-551 passport stamp because the extension letter is expiring. I'm reading that sometimes the green card is taken away, and sometimes it isn't. Legally, one must carry the green card at all times. (I know some people do photocopies.) But if USCIS takes away the (expired) green card, are you legally obligated to carry the passport w/ I-551 stamp all the time? Has anyone gotten instructions about this? Thanks!
  12. Hello guys, I have a question (more like a favor to ask). Here's the deal. I lost my I-551 card last year and applied for a replacement. I had my biometrics appointment almost a year ago and I'm still waiting for the new one to come in the mail (it still says "biometrics appointment was scheduled" when I put in my information on the website). I have an I-551 stamp on my passport which allows me to travel and work while I wait for the approval of my replacement card. Anyway, I received a letter almost two and a half months ago stating that I'm eligible to apply for the removal of conditions of my residence status. I just started filling out the I-751 form and I came across question 14 from page 1, which asks what my conditional residence expiration date is. Thing is, I can't remember if the expiration date of my long-lost card was exactly two years after I became a resident, or say, one day before. I became a resident on June 4th, 2015. Would the expiration date be on June 4th or June 3rd or neither? I put down June 4th in the form but I'm not sure. I've even looked up pictures of resident cards on the web but got mixed results. Please help. Thanks
  13. Hi everyone, I planned a trip to Europe at the end of August, but I didn't realize that my i-757 NOA expires in 06/30 and I haven't heard anything from the USCIS after my biometrics appointment. The website says that "they received my application" and nothing else. I'm afraid that my NOA will not only expired but that I will not receive my 10-year green card in time for my trip. I know that there is a i-551 stamp that I could get through an infopass appointment, but I'm concerned that they will ask for the reason of my trip, which is strictly leisure, and will not grant me the stamp. Am I stressing needlessly? Has anybody gotten a i-551 stamp? If so, how was the process? What should I bring to my infopass appointment? Thanks in advance!
  14. Hi, My husband has received his visa in his passport and I have booked flights to the US. We have a 2 hour and 10 minute layover San Fran before flying to our next destination. I am getting nervous this won't be enough time to get through immigration, get our bags/boxes (we have quite a few due to moving) and make our connecting flight. My question is how long did it take for you or your partner (whoever the immigrant was) to get through US immigration on the initial journey? Thanks.
  15. Hello everyone! Hoping someone has had similar experience and can help how they worked it out... The details: - I-751 pending (November 2016 filer) - VSC filer (so expecting it to take over a year to be processed) - NOA1 extension expires Jan 31st, 2018 - plan on traveling from NY to Australia & Malaysia to spend time with family with our newborn infant - for 7 weeks (Dec 4th - Jan 22nd 2018) - returning to US 9 days before 1 year extension expires - will be entering US at LAX I understand I should make an InfoPass appointment to get I-551 passport stamp before I go. Anyone share they're experience for doing this in NYC? A few more questions: - can I make an Infopass appointment to get I-551 passport stamp 2-3 months before GC extension expires? - what happens if I receive an interview notice or RFE while I am gone? potentially not seeing it if I don't have someone checking my mail regularly. That would be unfortunate timing. - will I have any issues coming back to US just 9 days before green card extension letter expires? - if green card is approved and sent to my US home while we are gone, will my NOA1 extension letter/I-551 passport stamp still be good for re-entering the US or is it cancelled, and I will not be allowed in without my current green card to present at immigration? - does expired green card get taken away when I-551 stamped? If so, would immigration still accept NOA1 extension letter and/or I-551 stamp? Any help greatly appreciated! I will be calling USCIS tomorrow but expect not to get a very helpful answer, through previous experiences with them.
  16. Hi all, Unfortunately, I lost probably the two most important documents an immigrant could have (I know, how stupid of me!), and since then I've been trying to fix my situation. I applied for an I-551 card replacement back in June, I had my biometrics appointment still in June, and haven't gotten back from USCIS since. Just recently I had an infopass appointment so I could get an I-551 stamp on my passport, in case I need to travel home or work. So far, so good. The officer told me I could get my SSC replaced with that stamp as well. So, today I went to the SS building downtown in hopes to order a new card, and to my surprise, the stamp wasn't enough as it didn't contain the actual card number. I've looked through all of my paperwork and it is nowhere to be found. As I am still waiting on my I-551 to come in the mail, I was wondering if there is a way for me to get a hold of the card number, possibly through another infopass appointment. Also, I was hoping to go check on my I-90 application anyway since it has been processing for a little over six months already (I don't know the current window processing times, maybe it has been taking that long for all applicants) What concerns me is the fact that I'm about to get my ROC letter soon as it's been almost two years since I had my green card approved. Does anyone know if I can send a copy of my I-551 stamp in place of the actual card, in case I don't have it by then? Has this (or anything relatable) happened to anyone on here? Any information or insight on this will be greatly appreciated Thank you
  17. Hi all, Unfortunately, I lost probably the two most important documents an immigrant could have (I know, how stupid of me!), and since then I've been trying to fix my situation. I applied for an I-551 card replacement back in June, I had my biometrics appointment still in June, and haven't gotten back from USCIS since. Just recently I had an infopass appointment so I could get an I-551 stamp on my passport, in case I need to travel home or work. So far, so good. The officer told me I could get my SSC replaced with that stamp as well. So, today I went to the SS building downtown in hopes to order a new card, and to my surprise, the stamp wasn't enough as it didn't contain the actual card number. I've looked through all of my paperwork and it is nowhere to be found. As I am still waiting on my I-551 to come in the mail, I was wondering if there is a way for me to get a hold of the card number, possibly through another infopass appointment. Also, I was hoping to go check on my application anyway since it has been processing for a little over six months already (I don't know the current window processing times, maybe it has been taking that long for all applicants) What concerns me is the fact that I'm about to get my ROC letter soon as it's been almost two years since I had my green card approved. Does anyone know if I can send a copy of my I-551 stamp in place of the actual card, in case I don't have it by then? Has this (or anything relatable) happened to anyone on here? Any information or insight on this will be greatly appreciated Thank you
  18. Hello I lost my wallet with green card inside but i have to leave US in few days. I have filed the I-90 to apply for a replacement green card. I am not able to make any Infopass appointment, i will try to walk in thou. May i know if they stamp only when the i-90 application is approved? or as long as i have submitted the form, with police proof of loss, they will stamp for me? please help....much appreciated. thank!
  19. Good day to all. I am under IR1 category from Philippines. I pick up my visa already yesterday October 21, 2016. When I check my visa it says "UPON ENDORSEMENT AS TEMPORARY I-551 EVIDENCING PERMANENT RESIDENCE FOR 1 YEAR". What does this mean? Now my husband want to pay my greencard before I fly to USA this coming November 9, 2016. How can he able to pay it? Where can he pay it? And how much? I hope anyone can help me understand and enlighten me regarding the matter. Thank you.
  20. Hi - I lost my permanent GC while traveling last November and filed an I-90 to replace it. Current processing times indicate an 8-month wait time and I have pending travel coming up in May. I have a photocopy of my lost, unexpired GC. 1) Can I receive a temporary I-551 stamp while my I-90 is being processed? I've done my biometrics but the I-90 application status is still 'under review'. 2) I have an InfoPass appointment for the I-551 stamp coming up in 8 days. Do they usually give the stamp on the spot or how long should I expect it to take? I will be going to the Newark office. If anyone has gone or can provide some guidance on this situation, that would be much appreciated!
  21. Hello, I'm hoping that someone will be able to answer this residency question I have: I was granted conditional resident status almost a year ago, and with that came the so-called green card, which I received almost immediately after my Welcome Letter. The thing is that I lost it a while ago somehow (I have looked everywhere at home and there is no way it could be there), so I finally gave up on my search and decided to file for a replacement (I-90 form). I filed it online on the USCIS website today and got a email confirmation saying that the payment went through. I am aware that this whole process may take up to six months, so I'm trying to find a way to have proof of my current resident status while I wait for my new card in the mail. I found out that there's something called a "I-551 visa stamp" which can be given to you at your local USCIS office, which proves that you applied for a replacement but the process is still ongoing, so the stamp is pretty much a temporary substitute and is valid for a year. I was hoping to be able to get this so I could visit my friend in NYC in July, but more importantly to know that even leaving the country and coming back due to a possible emergency would not be too much of a hassle. I did some research and found that by setting up an appointment with InfoPass I could get this done. My question is: Has anyone gone through a similar situation? What did you do? How long did it take? Was it easy to get the stamp? What documents did you have with you for the appointment? Any insight/help/information will be greatly appreciated. Thank you
  22. Hi, My wife came to USA on F2A visa (I-551 green card) at JFK airport on April 08 2016. Its been almost 2 months but she din't received Green Card nor SSN in mail. I applied for SSN in DS-260 form and paid soon after she interviewed at US Consulate. Her F2A was processed by Vermont Center. Can you please advice how much time it takes to receive them. Thanks,
  23. Hello VJ Family How long does it takes to reach green card after you arrive in US. I paid my IV fees $165 before the flight and just wondering how long will it take. also, is there any way to track it ? Thanks