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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Romania
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Has anyone ever heard of taking a vacation with some kind of consulate-issued travel document rather than with a passport? My husband and I are planning to visit his home country (Romania) in December. We have been married for almost two years now, so my husband has a green card. However, his passport has expired and we have been running into all kinds of problems trying to renew it from here. If we don't get his passport renewed in time for our trip, we've heard that you can travel with a document from the consulate here. Apparently it would only take one day to get his passport renewed if he was there to do it in person, but they keep wanting more paperwork in order to allow his sister to do it for him over there. Anyway, the thought of trying to travel internationally with something other than a passport makes me really nervous about complications. Has anyone ever heard of someone doing this successfully?

Thanks!


Jan. 2002--met and dated in Italy

March 2004--got engaged and began process for K-1 visa

Oct. 4 & 5, 2004--interviews in Naples

Dec. 18, 2004--our wedding day

Dec. 24, 2004--sent off I-485, I-765, etc.

May 5, 2005--AOS interview

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Feb. 24, 2007--Sent application to remove conditions on residency

March 29, 2007--Biometrics

April 15, 2008--Conditions removed

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Aug. 21, 2008--NOA for N400

Oct. 20, 2008--Biometrics

Jan. 7, 2009--Interview in Jacksonville--"application recommended for approval"

April 23, 2009--Oath ceremony!!!

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Has anyone ever heard of taking a vacation with some kind of consulate-issued travel document rather than with a passport? My husband and I are planning to visit his home country (Romania) in December. We have been married for almost two years now, so my husband has a green card. However, his passport has expired and we have been running into all kinds of problems trying to renew it from here. If we don't get his passport renewed in time for our trip, we've heard that you can travel with a document from the consulate here. Apparently it would only take one day to get his passport renewed if he was there to do it in person, but they keep wanting more paperwork in order to allow his sister to do it for him over there. Anyway, the thought of trying to travel internationally with something other than a passport makes me really nervous about complications. Has anyone ever heard of someone doing this successfully?

Thanks!

Is it not possible to do it via the Romanian Embassy to the US in Washington DC?


YMMV

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Romania
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Apparently, if we send away to DC for it, it would take about 6 months. He could go there in person, but we live in Florida, and he is in school right now, so that would be quite costly and difficult.


Jan. 2002--met and dated in Italy

March 2004--got engaged and began process for K-1 visa

Oct. 4 & 5, 2004--interviews in Naples

Dec. 18, 2004--our wedding day

Dec. 24, 2004--sent off I-485, I-765, etc.

May 5, 2005--AOS interview

----

Feb. 24, 2007--Sent application to remove conditions on residency

March 29, 2007--Biometrics

April 15, 2008--Conditions removed

---

Aug. 21, 2008--NOA for N400

Oct. 20, 2008--Biometrics

Jan. 7, 2009--Interview in Jacksonville--"application recommended for approval"

April 23, 2009--Oath ceremony!!!

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Apparently, if we send away to DC for it, it would take about 6 months. He could go there in person, but we live in Florida, and he is in school right now, so that would be quite costly and difficult.

That is just not right... They will issue a visa to a foreign national in less than 30 days and they don't provide the same level of service for there own citizens. Is that what they said to you? I assume you have contacted them...


YMMV

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Romania
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The website said it would take from 120-160 days to re-issue an expired passport (not a visa). My husband chatted on the internet with some other Romanians about it and they said it had taken six months for them to get their passport renewed by mail. I just updated my American passport by mail and even that took six weeks. My husband was told that it takes so long because they send it to Romania to do it.

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Jan. 2002--met and dated in Italy

March 2004--got engaged and began process for K-1 visa

Oct. 4 & 5, 2004--interviews in Naples

Dec. 18, 2004--our wedding day

Dec. 24, 2004--sent off I-485, I-765, etc.

May 5, 2005--AOS interview

----

Feb. 24, 2007--Sent application to remove conditions on residency

March 29, 2007--Biometrics

April 15, 2008--Conditions removed

---

Aug. 21, 2008--NOA for N400

Oct. 20, 2008--Biometrics

Jan. 7, 2009--Interview in Jacksonville--"application recommended for approval"

April 23, 2009--Oath ceremony!!!

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I know this a bit late but if you knew you were planning a trip in december and his passport has expired why then did you not think to send it off in time to get it back.....

You say your US passport took 6 weeks... My husband just got his back last month it took a total of 11 days from filing at US Post office to being delivered to oor house....

I think you will find if there is a passport service available to you here in the US then it is unlikely you would be issued with any sort of travel doccument.....

Kezzie

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We started this process about 5 months ago. We were told by the consulate here that we could send some papers to Romania with his passport, allowing his sister to go in his place to renew his passport. When she got the passport (it took over a month to get there), they told her she needed some other document. Now that we have sent the other document, they don't like that one either. They are just giving us a huge run-around.


Jan. 2002--met and dated in Italy

March 2004--got engaged and began process for K-1 visa

Oct. 4 & 5, 2004--interviews in Naples

Dec. 18, 2004--our wedding day

Dec. 24, 2004--sent off I-485, I-765, etc.

May 5, 2005--AOS interview

----

Feb. 24, 2007--Sent application to remove conditions on residency

March 29, 2007--Biometrics

April 15, 2008--Conditions removed

---

Aug. 21, 2008--NOA for N400

Oct. 20, 2008--Biometrics

Jan. 7, 2009--Interview in Jacksonville--"application recommended for approval"

April 23, 2009--Oath ceremony!!!

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In prior (to 2005), I could use my Green Card to travel to Canada and back.


2005/07/10 I-129F filed for Pras

2005/11/07 I-129F approved, forwarded to NVC--to Chennai Consulate 2005/11/14

2005/12/02 Packet-3 received from Chennai

2005/12/21 Visa Interview Date

2006/04/04 Pras' entry into US at DTW

2006/04/15 Church Wedding at Novi (Detroit suburb), MI

2006/05/01 AOS Packet (I-485/I-131/I-765) filed at Chicago

2006/08/23 AP and EAD approved. Two down, 1.5 to go

2006/10/13 Pras' I-485 interview--APPROVED!

2006/10/27 Pras' conditional GC arrives -- .5 to go (2 yrs to Conditions Removal)

2008/07/21 I-751 (conditions removal) filed

2008/08/22 I-751 biometrics completed

2009/06/18 I-751 approved

2009/07/03 10-year GC received; last 0.5 done!

2009/07/23 Pras files N-400

2009/11/16 My 46TH birthday, Pras N-400 approved

2010/03/18 Pras' swear-in

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Filed: Citizen (pnd) Country: Romania
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didn't i just reply to this already? i'm confused...

anyway...go to romania with your consulate document, and as soon as you get there apply for a new passport, and pay the emergency fee. you'll get it in 3 days.

i renewed my passport while in romania on our winter trip. i got it in 2 days, with no problems whatsoever.

good luck and have fun!


met online: August, 2002 - yahoo music chat room

met in real life: July, 2004 - Venice, Italy

K1

filed @NSC - Sept. 2004 / approved - Jan. 2005

married: April 2005

AOS

May 2005 - applied for AOS - Chicago

transferred to CSC - approved without interview: October, 2005

REMOVAL of Conditional Status

received on 09/10/2007 @ NSC- transferred to CSC again

check cleared: 09/29/2007

NOA1 in the mail: 10/02/2007 (notice date: 09/10/2007)

biometrics: 11/01/2007

10 year card production ordered: 12/03/2007

approval notice sent: 12/07/2007

10 year card received in the mail: 12/10/2007

Application for NATURALIZATION

sent off to NSC: 07/17/2008

07/19 - delivered at NSC - at 2 AM

07/24 - check cleared

07/28 - received NOA1 (dated 07/21) - expected wait time until interview - 240 days

08/14 - biometrics appointment

10/20 - naturalization interview appointment! - APPROVED!

11/12 - oath ceremony - CHECK!

and we are done with USCIS! yaooohoooo!!!! :)

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