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Filed: Lift. Cond. (pnd) Country: India

Hello, I am a US citizen and my wife came into this country on a K3 Visa. She got her 2 year Conditional Green Card in Jan 2005, and we filed the I-751 petition in a timely manner. In Feb 2007, she had her biometrics done.

After that, we have heard nothing. When the one year extension was almost up, and we hadn't heard anything, I called INS. They told us to get an InfoPass appointment, and we got the I-551 stamp on her passport for two months (the stamp expires on March 6, 2008).

I spoke to INS again today, and they still don't have any resolution. They told me they are processing 751 applications that came in on Feb 10, 2007. Our 751 date is Jan 10, 2007. So, the point of this long story is: we want to travel on a Mexican cruise on March 17, 2008. At that point, she may only have an I-551 stamp. Will this be an issue?

Actually, I am worried about booking the cruise because what if (God forbid) they come back and deny her green card. I can't imagine that, but still, you never know.

Do people book cruises and expensive vacations while still waiting to hear back on the permanent green card? Or, even worse, when they are past the 1 year date past the 751 and are now on I-551? Makes me kind of nervous. Any advice for the ultra-conservative likes-to-plan-everything and don't-like-booking-a-$2000-vacation-if-I-don't-know-she-will-have-her-green-card types??

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: France

My understanding has been that the I-551 stamp holds the same weight as the physical card. It shows PR status (And all the rights and privlages granted therein) until the date listed on the stamp.

Thats just my opinion. But I wouldn't worry as long as you have a stamp valid for the duration of your vacation.

Our AOS Timeline

06/16/07 -- Our Wedding

06/26/07 -- AOS sent by attorney

07/02/07 -- Receipt of Documents by USCIS

08/01/07 -- Biometrics Completed

08/05/07 -- "Touched"

09/07/07 -- EAD Card Production Ordered!

01/29/08 -- AOS Interview - APPROVED!! [Verbally]

02/06/08 -- Welcome EMail Received

02/11/08 -- Card Production Ordered

02/19/08 -- Card Received!

Our ROC Timeline

11/05/09 -- Initial meeting with attorney to file Removal of Conditions

11/11/09 -- ROC sent by attorney

01/05/10 -- Biometrics Completed

02/16/10 -- Approval


06/13/11 -- N-400 sent by attorney.

06/24/11 -- NOA

07/15/11 -- Biometrics Completed

08/25/11 -- Interview APPROVED

08/31/11 -- Oath Taken! Now a US Citizen!


09/06/11 -- Passport Application submitted.

09/21/11 -- Passport Book Received!

09/23/11 -- Passport Card and Certificate of Naturalization received.

09/25/11 -- Life after USCIS begins.


Be me a little...

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Spain

I'm also going on a cruise with the extension-stamp on my passport and the expired green card. There should be no problem as long as you travel within the time they gave you the extension for.

Craig and Lidia...

09/02/05 AOS APPROVED (by e-mail)

09/06/05 I-130 Approval Notice in the mail!

09/06/05 AOS Approval Notice in the mail!

09/06/05 GREENCARD received in the mail!

End of May or beggining of June 07 applied for removal of conditions...

June 4th NOA

Jan 31st 08 Got email saying my case was transfered from TSC to VSC.....will be scheduled for interview....

Feb 04 last update online.


07/08/08 Green card ordered! No interview!

Waiting for card...

Card arrived and done for a while...

Now: Dual citizenship?

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Germany

I was travelling on my I-551 stamp for years.

I filed I-751 (beginning of 2004), I got my first stamp in the passport end of 2004, the second end of 2005 and then in 2006 I got the removal of the condition and citizenship together.

No problem to travel with the stamp, it just needs to be still valid and always take the expired green card, too.

You always get a new stamp with an infopass appointment.

Good luck and enjoy your vacation.

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