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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Canada
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Hi all: I received my PR card (AOS-ed from a K1) several months ago. Do I really need to carry around my PR card at all times? It just seems excessive. Is it really the law like it says on the letter that came with it??

I almost always have my state driver's license on me. Isn't that enough to prove legal status (I doubt I'd ever be asked except to renew driver's license, etc).

My state does not have any of those laws like Arizona, that if I'm pulled over in my car for speeding/etc, then they can ask me for legal status.

Would love to know what other people are doing. Thanks for your answers.

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Australia
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Hi all: I received my PR card (AOS-ed from a K1) several months ago. Do I really need to carry around my PR card at all times? It just seems excessive. Is it really the law like it says on the letter that came with it??

I almost always have my state driver's license on me. Isn't that enough to prove legal status (I doubt I'd ever be asked except to renew driver's license, etc).

My state does not have any of those laws like Arizona, that if I'm pulled over in my car for speeding/etc, then they can ask me for legal status.

Would love to know what other people are doing. Thanks for your answers.

I carry mine with me all the time. You just don't know when you will be asked


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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Canada
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I keep mine on me when I leave the state or go on base or things like that.

most people choose to carry a photo copy instead of the actual card because its 6 months wait time for replacement card and 400$ for the card to be replaced.

The law is the law though you are ment to carry it with you at all times.


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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Italy
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i'll be getting mine soon and i'd like to know the same thing. i don't think i'd be comfortable carrying it with me at all times. i have my state driver's license, too.


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(3.31.2011: Filed I-485 + EAD & AP)

4.01.2011: Received Chicago Lockbox
4.05.2011: Check cashed & NOA1 sent
4.06.2011: NOA1 received & Touched all cases
4.14.2011: Biometrics Appointment Letter Notice (dated 04.11)
5.02.2011: Biometrics Appointment Done
5.17.2011: Email/Text notification for Interview on 6.21
5.18.2011: Received Interview notice in the mail (dated 05.14)
5.24.2011: Email/Text notification - order production of EAD & AP
5.30.2011: EAD + AP card in the mail (dated 05.27)
6.21.2011: AOS Interview approved and card production ordered. (day 82)
6.24.2011: Received Welcome Letter in the mail (dated 6.22)
6.28.2011: Received Green Card in the mail.

ROC with Waiver (deceased spouse)

4.15.2013: Sent 1-751
4.17.2013: 1-751 Receipt Notice (with one year extension). CSC
5.10.2013: Biometrics Appointment Letter (dated 05.08) ESC
5.28.2013: Biometrics Completed.
8.12.2013: RFE (lost documents)
8.29.2013: ROC Approved
9.19.2013: 10 year GC (in the mail)

N-400 (5 Years)

03.24.2016: Sent N-400 (USCIS received 03.25)

03.25.2016: Priority Date

04.07.2016: Received complete N-400 (missing a page)

04.08.2016: Payment was charged to CC

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Canada
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I feel nervous carrying it around because I don't want to lose it. I've lost my wallet once on the train about 5 years ago, and since then, try to carry as little as possible with me. I'd feel safer if it was in the safe at home! Good idea about the photocopy.

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Canada
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I have carried it faithfully for the last 3+ yrs (and I also have a state id)...honestly no one will ever pick me out of a crowd and say 'OMG you're an immigrant, where is your GC...prove you're allowed to be here'

However they do state that you are to carry it with you at all times, entirely up to you how you choose to interpret it. I agree that it is excessive, but it is what they ask you to do - if something happened out of the blue and you needed to prove your residency on the spot, wouldn't you prefer to have it on you?


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02/28/11 - NOA

03/28/11 - FP

06/17/11 - status change - scheduled for interview

06/20?/11 - received physical interview letter

07/13/11 - Interview in Fairfax,VA - easiest 10 minutes of my life

07/19/11 - Oath ceremony in Fairfax, VA

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Removal of Conditions

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Italy
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I keep mine on me when I leave the state or go on base or things like that.

most people choose to carry a photo copy instead of the actual card because its 6 months wait time for replacement card and 400$ for the card to be replaced.

The law is the law though you are ment to carry it with you at all times.

thanks for the advice :)


AOS
(3.31.2011: Filed I-485 + EAD & AP)

4.01.2011: Received Chicago Lockbox
4.05.2011: Check cashed & NOA1 sent
4.06.2011: NOA1 received & Touched all cases
4.14.2011: Biometrics Appointment Letter Notice (dated 04.11)
5.02.2011: Biometrics Appointment Done
5.17.2011: Email/Text notification for Interview on 6.21
5.18.2011: Received Interview notice in the mail (dated 05.14)
5.24.2011: Email/Text notification - order production of EAD & AP
5.30.2011: EAD + AP card in the mail (dated 05.27)
6.21.2011: AOS Interview approved and card production ordered. (day 82)
6.24.2011: Received Welcome Letter in the mail (dated 6.22)
6.28.2011: Received Green Card in the mail.

ROC with Waiver (deceased spouse)

4.15.2013: Sent 1-751
4.17.2013: 1-751 Receipt Notice (with one year extension). CSC
5.10.2013: Biometrics Appointment Letter (dated 05.08) ESC
5.28.2013: Biometrics Completed.
8.12.2013: RFE (lost documents)
8.29.2013: ROC Approved
9.19.2013: 10 year GC (in the mail)

N-400 (5 Years)

03.24.2016: Sent N-400 (USCIS received 03.25)

03.25.2016: Priority Date

04.07.2016: Received complete N-400 (missing a page)

04.08.2016: Payment was charged to CC

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Canada
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thanks for the advice :)

mine is always in with my passport in a separate area of my purse :thumbs:


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One is legally suppose to, but I rarely did!! Of course I'm a white guy, can't hide that,lol so less of a chance of being hassled!


Canadians Visiting the USA while undergoing the visa process, my free advice:

1) Always tell the TRUTH. never lie to the POE officer

2) Be confident in ur replies

3) keep ur response short and to the point, don't tell ur life story!!

4) look the POE officer in the eye when speaking to them. They are looking for people lieing and have been trained to find them!

5) Pack light! No job resumes with you

6) Bring ties to Canada (letter from employer when ur expected back at work, lease, etc etc)

7) Always be polite, being rude isn't going to get ya anywhere, and could make things worse!!

8) Have a plan in case u do get denied (be polite) It wont harm ur visa application if ur denied,that is if ur polite and didn't lie! Refer to #1

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Canada
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mine is always in with my passport in a separate area of my purse :thumbs:

I did the same thing with my GC, I keep it in another zippered part of my purse not in my wallet, and its a pocket that I don't often use so that i'm not going in it all the time with the chance of it falling out or being mixed with something else. :thumbs:


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Your I-129f was approved in 5 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 67 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

AOS was approved in 2 months and 8 days without interview.

ROC was approved in 3 months and 2 days without interview.

I am a Citizen of the United States of America. 04/16/13

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: China
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i suggest you keep it and your passport in your important documents in the house or safe

and carry a copy of the green card on yer person.

When asked to show it - show the copy - ask them if they really need to see the actual card, then have the arresting officer bring you home, to get the card, on the way to the police station.

DO CARRY IT when you are leaving your county for more than a day, though - ya never know...


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I only carry mine with me when I travel. You have to show proof of residence to obtain a drivers license so that's my ID.

Yup, me too. I do not carry it on me during the day going to work and such. I lose my debit card like 10 times a year so you can only imagine the likelihood of me losing it.

I keep it with my passport and it goes with me when I travel. That's about it.


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I carry mine not because it's required but because I just like it. :P:yes: I feel uncomfortable when one of my cards is missing. :D

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Immigration Timeline Summary

10.21.2008 – CR-1 Visa Application Filed (By Hubby's Sec)
09.04.2009 – Visa Interview | Passed
09.10.2009 – Visa Packet Received
09.17.2009 – US Entry | Home
07.05.2011 – ROC Petition Filed
05.01.2012 – ROC Approved (No Interview)
05.18.2012 – 10-year GC Received
06.19.2012 – Eligible to apply for Naturalization
(procrastinated)
06.24.2013 – N-400 Application Filed
09.30.2013 – Civics Test / Interview | Passed
10.03.2013 – Oath Taking Ceremony | Became a USCitizen!
04.14.2014 – Applied for "Expedite Service" Passport (as PI travel date was fast approaching)
04.16.2014 – Passport Issued & Shipped
04.17.2014 – US Passport Received

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The law is the law, and the law requires it to carry it with you "at all times" (although there is only one time that hasn't ended yet).

When I was still a foreigner, I carried my Green Card on a chain around my neck. That worked in the shower as well as I could wipe it dry.

When having sex with my wife, it was hanging right in front of their eyes while I was on top, working hard. A bit kinky, but the law is the law.

When going to the beach and into the water, I got some weird looks though. That made me realize that while the law is the law, the law is bullsh*t. Since I have never been asked about my immigration status in 19 years, let alone been asked to show my Green Card aside from the time when arriving at the airport from an international flight, I finally left it at home at the safest place I had access to.

But that's just me. I know a lot of people who carry their Green Card with them every day. I know them from this forum where they post when they lost it, and whine about the $450 it cost to replace it.

Well, the law is the law, that's all I can say.


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