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My wife asked me a question I thought I knew the answer to but wondered if anyone had any experience with this to be sure.

We have our EAD card and her AP approval document.

1) If she were to travel back home to Uzbekistan, would there be any issues from leaving Uzbekistan? Her passport has D/S on the I-94 but her J-1 Visa has expired. We have no question that we could get to Uzbekistan with no problem, and once we land back in the U.S. we shouldn't have any problem with USCIS/DHS in the airport. Our concern is if we're standing in the Uzbek airport, does anyone foresee an issue with them letting us both on the plane with her valid Uzbek passport, expired visa and AP document in-hand?

2) When (thinking positive here) she gets her green card, is there a process to get a U.S. passport? I could most likely look this one up, but I'm looking for real-world experience. Can she/will she get a new Visa for her Uzbek passport or will she be able to get a U.S. passport as a permanent resident?

I thought I was thinking ahead and had all these questions answered, but there are just some details that aren't clear. :)

Thanks so much everyone. :)

-Shaun


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1. I would advise your wife to wait until she gets her Green Card. An approved AP doesn't guarantee a safe return to the US, especially if her visa has already been expired. An immigration officer could give her a very hard time and deny her entry. Unfortunately admission back in the US with an approved AP is a very subjective matter. I wouldn't take the risk. Better to be safe than being sorry!

2. Once she get her Green Card she will be able to travel back home. There is no need to change her passport, the Green Card and her foreign passport will be the only travel documents needed.

A new US passport is issued only when you become a US citizen.


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My wife asked me a question I thought I knew the answer to but wondered if anyone had any experience with this to be sure.

We have our EAD card and her AP approval document.

1) If she were to travel back home to Uzbekistan, would there be any issues from leaving Uzbekistan? Her passport has D/S on the I-94 but her J-1 Visa has expired. We have no question that we could get to Uzbekistan with no problem, and once we land back in the U.S. we shouldn't have any problem with USCIS/DHS in the airport. Our concern is if we're standing in the Uzbek airport, does anyone foresee an issue with them letting us both on the plane with her valid Uzbek passport, expired visa and AP document in-hand?

2) When (thinking positive here) she gets her green card, is there a process to get a U.S. passport? I could most likely look this one up, but I'm looking for real-world experience. Can she/will she get a new Visa for her Uzbek passport or will she be able to get a U.S. passport as a permanent resident?

I thought I was thinking ahead and had all these questions answered, but there are just some details that aren't clear. :)

Thanks so much everyone. :)

-Shaun

Shaun,

There are alot of thing "unclear with Uzbekistan Travel " you are not the only one ...

Sorry for not seeing this thread sooner ...

Something else to consider is to make sure Your Wife's UZ Passport has a valid OVIR when traveling back to UZ ! Without this she will face potential problems entering the country - we have heard about "nightmares " on this issue.

I would definately wait for the Green Card because I dont think the UZ Passport Control / Border Control will accept the AP Document.

Let us how things go ...

All the Best !

Charles

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1. I would advise your wife to wait until she gets her Green Card. An approved AP doesn't guarantee a safe return to the US, especially if her visa has already been expired. An immigration officer could give her a very hard time and deny her entry. Unfortunately admission back in the US with an approved AP is a very subjective matter. I wouldn't take the risk. Better to be safe than being sorry!

2. Once she get her Green Card she will be able to travel back home. There is no need to change her passport, the Green Card and her foreign passport will be the only travel documents needed.

A new US passport is issued only when you become a US citizen.

Can change old to new passport when arriving to home country and with green card to come back USA?

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