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Hi VJ folks - I was trying to find info regarding this on previous forums but couldn't find anything. So, here's the deal. I have received my EAD/AP card and have some overseas travel booked. I just received notification of my AOS interview getting scheduled and it's scheduled during my current travel dates. From various previous forums, I have gathered it's safer to not reschedule the interview so I have decided to postpone my travel. What I want to know is if it's safe to reschedule my departure to the same day after completing my interview? If the interview goes well and green card is approved, does the interviewer provide any written proof of approval that I can carry? If not, will I be able to use my AP to re-enter US (I don't have a valid visa to re-enter but am on valid H-1B permit status currently...never overstayed in US)

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*** Thread moved from main "AOS from WS&T Visas" forum to the Working & Traveling forum -- topic involves status vis-a-vis travel. ***


06-04-2007 = TSC stamps postal return-receipt for I-129f.

06-11-2007 = NOA1 date (unknown to me).

07-20-2007 = Phoned Immigration Officer; got WAC#; where's NOA1?

09-25-2007 = Touch (first-ever).

09-28-2007 = NOA1, 23 days after their 45-day promise to send it (grrrr).

10-20 & 11-14-2007 = Phoned ImmOffs; "still pending."

12-11-2007 = 180 days; file is "between workstations, may be early Jan."; touches 12/11 & 12/12.

12-18-2007 = Call; file is with Division 9 ofcr. (bckgrnd check); e-prompt to shake it; touch.

12-19-2007 = NOA2 by e-mail & web, dated 12-18-07 (187 days; 201 per VJ); in mail 12/24/07.

01-09-2008 = File from USCIS to NVC, 1-4-08; NVC creates file, 1/15/08; to consulate 1/16/08.

01-23-2008 = Consulate gets file; outdated Packet 4 mailed to fiancee 1/27/08; rec'd 3/3/08.

04-29-2008 = Fiancee's 4-min. consular interview, 8:30 a.m.; much evidence brought but not allowed to be presented (consul: "More proof! Second interview! Bring your fiance!").

05-05-2008 = Infuriating $12 call to non-English-speaking consulate appointment-setter.

05-06-2008 = Better $12 call to English-speaker; "joint" interview date 6/30/08 (my selection).

06-30-2008 = Stokes Interrogations w/Ecuadorian (not USC); "wait 2 weeks; we'll mail her."

07-2008 = Daily calls to DOS: "currently processing"; 8/05 = Phoned consulate, got Section Chief; wrote him.

08-07-08 = E-mail from consulate, promising to issue visa "as soon as we get her passport" (on 8/12, per DHL).

08-27-08 = Phoned consulate (they "couldn't find" our file); visa DHL'd 8/28; in hand 9/1; through POE on 10/9 with NO hassles(!).

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Thanks for your reply. When you say "as long it's not denied", I read it as AP can be used if green card is approved or if no decision is mentioned at the interview. Am I correct?

If the green card has been approved or a decision has not been made, then you can use AP to enter the U.S.

If the green card is denied, AP is no longer good because the case has ended with a denial.

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I would make it the next day at the very least. What if they are running late and you miss your flight?


Bye: Penguin

Me: Irish/ Swiss citizen, and now naturalised US citizen. Husband: USC; twin babies born Feb 08 in Ireland and a daughter in Feb 2010 in Arkansas who are all joint Irish/ USC. Did DCF (IR1) in 6 weeks via the Dublin, Ireland embassy and now living in Arkansas.

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I would make it the next day at the very least. What if they are running late and you miss your flight?

Yes, I will do that.

If the green card has been approved or a decision has not been made, then you can use AP to enter the U.S.

If the green card is denied, AP is no longer good because the case has ended with a denial.

Just curious, if the green card is approved at the interview, doesn't that void the AP for re-entry and won't I be expected to re-enter as a LPR?

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Yes, I will do that.

Just curious, if the green card is approved at the interview, doesn't that void the AP for re-entry and won't I be expected to re-enter as a LPR?

If it's approved at the interview, then ask for an I-551 stamp. The stamp is a green card with a 1 year expiration.

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Thanks for the suggestion, I didn't know about this. Anyway, did some research on it after your post but I found many forums saying that USCIS has become more reluctant lately to give this stamp after AOS interviews. How do I show urgent need for the stamp?

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Thanks for the suggestion, I didn't know about this. Anyway, did some research on it after your post but I found many forums saying that USCIS has become more reluctant lately to give this stamp after AOS interviews. How do I show urgent need for the stamp?

You could take your tickets and all travel documents to show that you have a flight to catch. They are reluctant to give the stamps but if there is a clear "emergency" travel, I'm sure a supervisor can make the call and give you a stamp. Good luck and keep us posted how it goes.

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Hey guys - wanted to update on the outcome as promised. Glad to say interview went well today and IO approved us verbally on the spot, although still awaiting official confirmation via USCIS case status update. The IO was very nice and friendly. At the end of the interview, I explained our reason for travel and showed him our itinerary but he mentioned that he can't issue the stamp anymore. He added further than I can use the AP to travel and since I'll be returning after 2-3 weeks from my vacation, by then all government systems will have my status updated to LPR and so, re-entry will not be a problem.

I'd have still felt more comfortable carrying some written proof with me when I travel. As soon as the case status gets updated online, I plan to print and carry it on my return to US just in case I face an issue at immigration. Hoping the status gets updated soon enough.

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Thanks for the update!


06-04-2007 = TSC stamps postal return-receipt for I-129f.

06-11-2007 = NOA1 date (unknown to me).

07-20-2007 = Phoned Immigration Officer; got WAC#; where's NOA1?

09-25-2007 = Touch (first-ever).

09-28-2007 = NOA1, 23 days after their 45-day promise to send it (grrrr).

10-20 & 11-14-2007 = Phoned ImmOffs; "still pending."

12-11-2007 = 180 days; file is "between workstations, may be early Jan."; touches 12/11 & 12/12.

12-18-2007 = Call; file is with Division 9 ofcr. (bckgrnd check); e-prompt to shake it; touch.

12-19-2007 = NOA2 by e-mail & web, dated 12-18-07 (187 days; 201 per VJ); in mail 12/24/07.

01-09-2008 = File from USCIS to NVC, 1-4-08; NVC creates file, 1/15/08; to consulate 1/16/08.

01-23-2008 = Consulate gets file; outdated Packet 4 mailed to fiancee 1/27/08; rec'd 3/3/08.

04-29-2008 = Fiancee's 4-min. consular interview, 8:30 a.m.; much evidence brought but not allowed to be presented (consul: "More proof! Second interview! Bring your fiance!").

05-05-2008 = Infuriating $12 call to non-English-speaking consulate appointment-setter.

05-06-2008 = Better $12 call to English-speaker; "joint" interview date 6/30/08 (my selection).

06-30-2008 = Stokes Interrogations w/Ecuadorian (not USC); "wait 2 weeks; we'll mail her."

07-2008 = Daily calls to DOS: "currently processing"; 8/05 = Phoned consulate, got Section Chief; wrote him.

08-07-08 = E-mail from consulate, promising to issue visa "as soon as we get her passport" (on 8/12, per DHL).

08-27-08 = Phoned consulate (they "couldn't find" our file); visa DHL'd 8/28; in hand 9/1; through POE on 10/9 with NO hassles(!).

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When my wife got approved, the IO said that she was going to make a recommendation for approval to her supervisor. We didn't get any written notification at the time of the interview either. Of course my though to myself at the time she said that was I wonder how long this will sit on someones desk for. At 11pm that evening we received the first card production email, so I said I take it if the card is being produced then the case was approved. The official approval notices for the I-485 and I-130 came in the mail the following week. Those were mailed from NBC. The card came in the mail a week later.

I have read of others who said they were told they were going to be recommended for approval and then nothing for weeks. I think most wait 30 days after the interview and schedule an INFOPASS appointment at the office that did their interview to find out what happened if the case status still says it is pending.

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Here is the information regarding the cases for my in-laws (wife, their daughter, is the petitioner under the IR-5 category, Parents of a USC):

Submit I-130 (2 petitions) to USCIS on May 30, 2013

USCIS approved the cases on March 10, 2014.

Received notice online from USCIS the cases were sent to NVC on March 17, 2014.

NVC received the cases on March 28, 2014

The case numbers were created on Monday, April 28.

We received the numbers by phone on Friday, May 2.

DS-261 became available on both cases late in the evening on Friday, May 2. Both DS-261 filed on Saturday, May 3.

Received emails to my wife regarding AOS at around 8am on Wednesday, May 7. At the same time received emails that were cc of letters sent to my in-laws. However, the date of all of the letters was Monday, May 5.

Received emails regarding the Immigrant Visa Fee at around 11:15am on Wednesday, May 7. IV fees became available online at around 1pm on Wednesday, May 7. Date of invoice was Tuesday, May 8.

Paid all the fees on Wednesday, May 7 at around 1:15pm.

All fees marked as paid and DS-260 become available sometime late on Friday, May 9.

Dropped off IV and AOS packages (in two different envelopes - 1 for AOS and 1 for IV documents) at the local post office at around 2pm on Saturday, May 10.

Submitted DS-260 (for both cases) around 10am on Sunday, May 11.

Both document packages received by NVC on Monday, May 12 (according to Post Office Tracking - one around 1pm and the other around 4pm. Don't know why they got separated.)

Received checklist email for both cases at 4pm on Thursday, June 12 regarding the IV civil documents

Wife called NVC in the afternoon of Friday, June 13 to inquire about the checklist. Told by a representative they are normal and automatic and not to worry. AOS under review. Call back after Tuesday, June 24.
Received a checklist for my father-in-law on Monday, June 16. NVC reviewed his AOS paperwork, but waiting for the documents the requested the week before.

Wife called NVC in the morning of Tuesday, June 17. Told by the agent they don't have the document requested for dad, and they don't have the AOS package for her mom.

Put in a request with our Senator to get more information. Response was mother-in-law is documentary complete and father-in-law was in document review for the military document.

Wife called NVC on the morning of Tuesday, July 1 and spoke with a supervisor regarding her dad's military document. Supervisor said she would look into it.

Supervisor called us and left a voicemail on the morning of Wednesday, July 9 and stated they have located my father-in-law's military documents. Case sent back to document review.

Per conversation with an agent, the expedited request originally requested by email on July 7, was sent to the Embassy on Thursday, July 10.

Received by postal mail on Thursday, August 21 from our Senator regarding the response of another inquiry. Still the same.

Early in the morning on Friday, August 22:

Wife calls the Embassy and was told the IV section doesn't accept calls, and was given a number in the states that turned out to be scheduling assistance for NIV interviews.

Called NVC as soon as they opened and was told the Embassy denied the expedite request, but the case was completed by NVC on Monday, August 18. Wife inquired about interview scheduling, and was given some good information.

At 5 PM on Thursday, September 11, received the interview letters. Interview is scheduled for the morning of October 9.

Mother-in-law approved. Father-in-law placed in Administrative Processing due to follow-up TB test.

CEAC stated ISSUED for my mother-in-law on October 15. DHL had the package for pick up on October 17 but called the wrong number. Package picked up on October 27.

On December 11 mother-in-law received a phone call from the Embassy that the medical is back for my father-in-law and to DHL his passport to them. Passport sent on December 12.

On December 18 CEAC updated to ISSUED for my father-in-law. My wife is happy!!!! Embassy said they gave it to DHL on December 19

Due to a DHL delay the package did not become available for pick up until December 24. USCIS Immigrant Fee paid the same day.

POE: JFK Terminal 1 - December 26, 2014 - They are finally here!!!

Took them to a local SSA office to get SSN on January 6, 2015. Cards received on January 10, 2015.

Green Cards received by priority mail on January 23, 2015 (four weeks after arrival).

Both went to motor vehicles and got state issued ID cards on April 11, 2015.

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