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Hi everyone!

Just wanted to share my travel experience with you all.

I came to the US while my i130 was pending in May 2014 and decided to stay. After it was approved I filed for AOS in November (I had overstayed 6 days at the point when they received the request). I received my AP and EAD in February.

I visited my parents in Toronto this past week and was nervous but everything was fine. I went through US customs with my husband and my in-laws (also traveled with us to Canada) and when I presented my Combo Card and CDN passport the officer told me I had to go to secondary to be paroled in. My husband came with me. We waited in secondary for about 20 mins before the officer called my name, handed us our passports/combo card and told us we were good to go. It was THAT simple.

My only suggestion is to allow extra time at the airport as I believe the wait was around 2-3 hours. Luckily, my extremely friendly father in law was speaking to an officer and told him about our situation and our fast approaching flight and they handled our case early.

So please don't worry about traveling it should be perfectly safe! They didn't even ask me what the purpose of my trip was so no it does not need to be emergent.

Hope that helps!

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Nice post with good news in it. :)


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01-23-2008 = Consulate gets file; outdated Packet 4 mailed to fiancee 1/27/08; rec'd 3/3/08.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

Just wanted to share my travel experience with you all.

I came to the US while my i130 was pending in May 2014 and decided to stay. After it was approved I filed for AOS in November (I had overstayed 6 days at the point when they received the request). I received my AP and EAD in February.

I visited my parents in Toronto this past week and was nervous but everything was fine. I went through US customs with my husband and my in-laws (also traveled with us to Canada) and when I presented my Combo Card and CDN passport the officer told me I had to go to secondary to be paroled in. My husband came with me. We waited in secondary for about 20 mins before the officer called my name, handed us our passports/combo card and told us we were good to go. It was THAT simple.

My only suggestion is to allow extra time at the airport as I believe the wait was around 2-3 hours. Luckily, my extremely friendly father in law was speaking to an officer and told him about our situation and our fast approaching flight and they handled our case early.

So please don't worry about traveling it should be perfectly safe! They didn't even ask me what the purpose of my trip was so no it does not need to be emergent.

Hope that helps!

thank you very much for sharing your travel experience using the AP document....


AOS Timeline / Family-based

Feb 24, 2015 (day 0) - Sent Forms I-130, I-485, I-765, I-131 via USPS to Chicago Lockbox
Feb 26, 2015 (day 2) - Package delivered and received.
Mar 03, 2015 (day 7) - Text / email messages from USCIS, receiving Forms I-130, I-485,
I-131 and I-765.
USD 420 and 1,070 Checks were cashed.
Mar 08, 2015 (day 12) - Paper receipts of I-797C for I-130, I-485, I-131 and I-765 from mail.

Mar 13, 2015 (day 17) - Mail notice received for Biometrics appointment on March 25, 2015.

Mar 25, 2015 (day 29) - Completed Biometrics, as scheduled.

May 12, 2015 (day 75) - AP/EAD approved and Card has been ordered.

May 27, 2015 (day 90) - AP/EAD Card received in the mailbox.

June 3, 2015 (day 97) - Received NPIW letter in the mailbox.

Sept 24, 2015 (day 212) - I-130/I-485 approved. No Interview.

Sept 28, 2015 (day 216) - GC mailed.

Sept 30, 2015 (day 218) - GC received.

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hi there, thanks for you post as I am traveling back to China using AP in 2 weeks...a bit nervous~

can you help me with couple questions?

1--did you give anything like I-94 to anyone at the airport when you leave US?

2--when you return, i guess you went through visitor ;line-did you show them your marriage certificate or anything?

thanks!!!


AOS Filing progress:

Package Filed: Dec 16

USCIS Receipt Update: Dec 18

Bio Appointment : Jan 16

RFE Receipt: Jan 23

RFE USCIS Receipt: Jan 28

EAD Approved: Feb 23

EAD on hand: Feb 28

Interview Notice Received: June 10

Interview Scheduled: Aug 10

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ticket and chinese passport in same name at airport, combo card and passport at POE back in USA. Doesn't hurt to bring copy of marriage certificate but was not asked for after 2 trips....enjoy your trip!


9/16/2013-I-129-F Petition Rec`d-(Dallas lockbox, transfered to CSC)
9/19/2013-Notice Date- NOA-1
10/1/2013-Notice Date- NOA-2-I-129-F Petition Approved!
11/1/2013-NVC Rec`d I-129-F Petition
11/14/2013- U.S.Consulate- BKK Rec`d I-129-F
11/23/2013-Rec`d Packet 3
12/1/2013-Medical Exam
12/9/2013-Packet 3 sent to U.S. Consulate-BKK
12/16/2013-Rec`d Packet 4
1/22/2014-Interview/Approved!
1/25/2014-Rec`d Visa/Passport (Korat)

4/30/2014-POE-Chicago-O`Hare
5/1/2014-Successful S.S.# Application(Chicago office)Marriage License(Cook County)
5/2/2014-Married!
5/16/2014-AOS,I-765,I-131 package received by U.S.C.I.S.
5/19/2014-Notice Date- NOA-1`s
5/23/2014-Rec`d Biometrics Appointment Notice
5/30/2014-Early Biometrics(Chicago location)
7/26/2014-I-765 and I-131 Approved (card production)
8/01/2014-Rec`d Combo Card
9/10/2014-Rec`d Potential Interview Waiver Letter
3/20/2015-Filed form with CIS Ombudsman requesting assistance with AOS.
3/21/2015-Rec`d case# from Ombudsman.
4/03/2015-Sent I-765/I-131 renewal documents to U.S.C.I.S.
4/9/2015- NOA Notice Dates-I-765/I-131 renewal.
4/10/2015-NOA Notice Date-Biometrics Appt.for I-765/I-131 renewal.
4/27/2015-Biometrics Appt.for I-765/I-131 renewal.

5/22/2015-Rec`d RFE for expired Medical Exam.

5/23/2015-Rec`d Renewal Combo Card.

6/8/2015-Updated I-693 Medical Exam sent to U.S.C.I.S. (New York office)

6/20/2015-Rec`d Welcome Letter.

6/24/2015-Rec`d Green Card via U.S.P.S.

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hi there, thanks for you post as I am traveling back to China using AP in 2 weeks...a bit nervous~

can you help me with couple questions?

1--did you give anything like I-94 to anyone at the airport when you leave US?

2--when you return, i guess you went through visitor ;line-did you show them your marriage certificate or anything?

thanks!!!

Hi there!

To answer your questions:

1. Leaving the US only requires your foreign passport as you are allowed to leave whenever you want and do not require additional paperwork to do so. I just showed them my Canadian passport when leaving Newark and then my Canadian passport again to Canadian Customs upon arriving in Toronto.

2. Yes you go through the visitor line and the only thing I had to show them was my combo card and my foreign passport again. They did not ask for my marriage certificate but I think it's best to carry it just incase! Especially if your married name is different than what is on your passport.

Have a safe trip!

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Hi there!

To answer your questions:

1. Leaving the US only requires your foreign passport as you are allowed to leave whenever you want and do not require additional paperwork to do so. I just showed them my Canadian passport when leaving Newark and then my Canadian passport again to Canadian Customs upon arriving in Toronto.

2. Yes you go through the visitor line and the only thing I had to show them was my combo card and my foreign passport again. They did not ask for my marriage certificate but I think it's best to carry it just incase! Especially if your married name is different than what is on your passport.

Have a safe trip!

awesome!! thank you!


AOS Filing progress:

Package Filed: Dec 16

USCIS Receipt Update: Dec 18

Bio Appointment : Jan 16

RFE Receipt: Jan 23

RFE USCIS Receipt: Jan 28

EAD Approved: Feb 23

EAD on hand: Feb 28

Interview Notice Received: June 10

Interview Scheduled: Aug 10

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sorry i bothered


9/16/2013-I-129-F Petition Rec`d-(Dallas lockbox, transfered to CSC)
9/19/2013-Notice Date- NOA-1
10/1/2013-Notice Date- NOA-2-I-129-F Petition Approved!
11/1/2013-NVC Rec`d I-129-F Petition
11/14/2013- U.S.Consulate- BKK Rec`d I-129-F
11/23/2013-Rec`d Packet 3
12/1/2013-Medical Exam
12/9/2013-Packet 3 sent to U.S. Consulate-BKK
12/16/2013-Rec`d Packet 4
1/22/2014-Interview/Approved!
1/25/2014-Rec`d Visa/Passport (Korat)

4/30/2014-POE-Chicago-O`Hare
5/1/2014-Successful S.S.# Application(Chicago office)Marriage License(Cook County)
5/2/2014-Married!
5/16/2014-AOS,I-765,I-131 package received by U.S.C.I.S.
5/19/2014-Notice Date- NOA-1`s
5/23/2014-Rec`d Biometrics Appointment Notice
5/30/2014-Early Biometrics(Chicago location)
7/26/2014-I-765 and I-131 Approved (card production)
8/01/2014-Rec`d Combo Card
9/10/2014-Rec`d Potential Interview Waiver Letter
3/20/2015-Filed form with CIS Ombudsman requesting assistance with AOS.
3/21/2015-Rec`d case# from Ombudsman.
4/03/2015-Sent I-765/I-131 renewal documents to U.S.C.I.S.
4/9/2015- NOA Notice Dates-I-765/I-131 renewal.
4/10/2015-NOA Notice Date-Biometrics Appt.for I-765/I-131 renewal.
4/27/2015-Biometrics Appt.for I-765/I-131 renewal.

5/22/2015-Rec`d RFE for expired Medical Exam.

5/23/2015-Rec`d Renewal Combo Card.

6/8/2015-Updated I-693 Medical Exam sent to U.S.C.I.S. (New York office)

6/20/2015-Rec`d Welcome Letter.

6/24/2015-Rec`d Green Card via U.S.P.S.

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