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One Year Extension Letter when applying for removal of Green Card conditions

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Hello everyone!

It's been a while since I've been on these forums, I stalked them almost every day going through the CR-1 application and now I'm back for our removal of conditions. We need your expert advise as apparently I'm rusty in using these forums.

I arrived in the country June 16, 2010 on the CR-1 Visa. Got my Green Card and everything's been great. The card expires on June 16, 2012. My sister is getting married in June in Australia, so we have already booked our flights back there. Unfortunately, we didn't check the processing for removal of conditions and underestimated the processing time. We are constructing our packet now and will be able to send it off very soon. Our flights don't return to the US until June 17, 2012! One day after the card expires.

My questions are:

1. One post from Nov 2011 says "My wife recently applied for removal of conditions. Shortly thereafter she received a form letter saying that her GC was being extended for 1 year while the I-751 is being processed."

- How is the 1 year extension received? Do we automatically get it shortly after we send in the form or do we need to specifically apply for it?

- When would this form letter arrive?

- Is it the I-797 form or something different?

2. Will I be able to return to the country with my expired Green Card and this form letter?

We are aware of the option to change the flights, we would like to use that as a last resort.

Thank you in advance for any information you can share with us.


USCIS Journey

I-130 Sent: 10th October, 2009

I-130 NOA1: 16th October, 2009

I-130 NOA2: 8th February, 2010

Total Time: 111 days

NVC Journey

NVC Received: 8th February, 2010

Email given to NVC: 16th February, 2010

Received DS-3032 / I-864 Bill: 20th February, 2010

Pay I-864 Bill: 26th February, 2010

Show I-864 as paid: 1st March, 2010

Return Completed I-864: 13th April, 2010

Return Completed DS-3032: 20th February, 2010

Receive IV Bill: 25th February, 2010

Pay IV Bill: 26th February, 2010

Show IV Bill as paid: 2nd March, 2010

Return Completed DS-230 package: 13th April, 2010

Packages Entered in AVR: 27th April, 2010 [Delivered to NVC: 20th April, 2010]

FALSE REF: 3rd May, 2010 [Advised of RFE via AVR]

Case Completed at NVC: 4th May, 2010

Total Time: 89 days

Sydney Consulate

Medical: 29th April, 2010 [RESULT: PASSED]

Interview Assigned: 14th May, 2010

Interview Date: 1st June, 2010 (Originally 22nd June but requested an earlier date and it was granted)

Interview Result: APPROVED!

Received IR-1/CR-1 Visa: 10th June, 2010

Entry into USA: 16th June, 2010 (POE: San Francisco)

Removal of Conditions

I-751 Package sent (a little late): May 1, 2012

USCIS Recieved Package: May 3, 2012

Check Cashed: May 11, 2012

NOA1 dated: May 3, 2012 (Received May 17, 2012)

Biometric notice received: May 21, 2012

Biometrics Taken

Card Production Ordered

10 Year Green Card Received

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My questions are:

1. One post from Nov 2011 says "My wife recently applied for removal of conditions. Shortly thereafter she received a form letter saying that her GC was being extended for 1 year while the I-751 is being processed."

- How is the 1 year extension received? Do we automatically get it shortly after we send in the form or do we need to specifically apply for it?

- When would this form letter arrive?

- Is it the I-797 form or something different?

2. Will I be able to return to the country with my expired Green Card and this form letter?

1. It's the receipt notice (NOA1) and at the bottom in the wording it says "status extended for 1 year..." (you can find examples online). It arrives pretty quickly normally but occasionally I've seen it take up to a month. Yep that's it, I-797 (or NOA1)

2. Yes. Lots of people do this. Make sure it's the ORIGINAL letter. You show the airline both and they manually change your GC expiry date on the system (so I've read).

No probs. My sister is due in late June so I have the same concern (July 1 expiry date).

p.s. Have you filed for ROC yet? Your window is now open. Sooner you file, the sooner you can breathe :)

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When you file for ROC, you'll automatically receive the NOA1 from USCIS. It confirms receipt of the application, and extends all the benefits of permanent residency for one year. With this letter and the expired Green Card, an LPR can still work in the U.S. and travel.

If you want to get back in to the U.S. after June 16, 2012, you'll need the NOA1 and your expired GC to get back in.

The NOA1 is also referred to as:

I-797, Notice of Action, or

I-751 Receipt Notice

Either way, it's all the same document.

Applicants normally receive the NOA1 about a week after their ROC application is filed.

So, make sure you file far enough in advance, that you'll receive the NOA1 before you leave for Australia.

In addition - be aware that you'll need to attend a biometrics appointment as part of the ROC procedure. This appointment SHOULD be between 4 and 8 weeks after filing, but it depends on your local office. If the appointment is scheduled for after you've left for Australia, you can try and do an early walk in - but they won't let you do that until you at least have your appointment letter in hand. Your appointment letter should arrive anywhere between 2 and 6 weeks after you file for ROC.


11-24-2006 Annette and I meet in Rome

09-09-2008 Engaged!

01-30-2009 Fiance petition filed

03-22-2009 Fiance petition approved. Case moves to U.S. embassy in London

04-01-2009 Package received from U.S. embassy in London

06-01-2009 Visa Medical (London)

06-23-2009 K1 Visa Interview (London)

06-27-2009 Passport returned by embassy. K1 Visa received!!

07-04-2009 Fly to Denver (port of entry - Houston, TX)

07-25-2009 We are married (the joint happiest day of my life)

08-07-2009 Social Security number obtained

08-20-2009 AOS, Advanced Parole and Employment Authorization forms filed

09-24-2009 Biometrics appointment (Aurora, CO)

10-05-2009 Advanced Parole received

10-09-2009 Employment Authorization received

10-13-2009 Colorado Learner's permit obtained and driving test scheduled

10-21-2009 Driving test taken and passed

11-30-2009 Green Card Interview (Centennial, CO)

12-08-2009 Green Card received

01-04-2010 Employed

01-28-2011 Our daughter is born (the other happiest day of my life)!

11-21-2011 Filed for Removal of Conditions

12-28-2011 Biometrics appointment (Aurora, CO)

03-16-2012 Card production ordered

03-23-2012 Card received

09-04-2012 Application for Naturalization filed

10-05-2012 Biometrics appointment (Aurora, CO)

12-11-2012 Naturalization Interview (Centennial, CO)

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Thank you both so much for this information! That really is a load off our minds. We have most of the information gathered, we just need the information from my husband's work showing that I'm listed as his beneficiary and the 2 affidavits which we are getting tomorrow then we can send off the packet.

We have been stressing since I saw the 6 month processing listed on the USCIS website earlier today but I was at work so I couldn't come on these forums earlier. We both really appreciate your quick responses. :dance:


USCIS Journey

I-130 Sent: 10th October, 2009

I-130 NOA1: 16th October, 2009

I-130 NOA2: 8th February, 2010

Total Time: 111 days

NVC Journey

NVC Received: 8th February, 2010

Email given to NVC: 16th February, 2010

Received DS-3032 / I-864 Bill: 20th February, 2010

Pay I-864 Bill: 26th February, 2010

Show I-864 as paid: 1st March, 2010

Return Completed I-864: 13th April, 2010

Return Completed DS-3032: 20th February, 2010

Receive IV Bill: 25th February, 2010

Pay IV Bill: 26th February, 2010

Show IV Bill as paid: 2nd March, 2010

Return Completed DS-230 package: 13th April, 2010

Packages Entered in AVR: 27th April, 2010 [Delivered to NVC: 20th April, 2010]

FALSE REF: 3rd May, 2010 [Advised of RFE via AVR]

Case Completed at NVC: 4th May, 2010

Total Time: 89 days

Sydney Consulate

Medical: 29th April, 2010 [RESULT: PASSED]

Interview Assigned: 14th May, 2010

Interview Date: 1st June, 2010 (Originally 22nd June but requested an earlier date and it was granted)

Interview Result: APPROVED!

Received IR-1/CR-1 Visa: 10th June, 2010

Entry into USA: 16th June, 2010 (POE: San Francisco)

Removal of Conditions

I-751 Package sent (a little late): May 1, 2012

USCIS Recieved Package: May 3, 2012

Check Cashed: May 11, 2012

NOA1 dated: May 3, 2012 (Received May 17, 2012)

Biometric notice received: May 21, 2012

Biometrics Taken

Card Production Ordered

10 Year Green Card Received

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Sarah! Congrats. Yep, here we go again. I'm due to file next month but Steve is away for a few weeks with the military so I'm going to wait until he gets back (just in case). It will only put me about 3 weeks after my window officially opens.

Congrats to your sister ... hopefully no dust storms ... :thumbs:


OUR JOURNEY SO FAR: (dd/mm/yyyy)

18/09/09 - CR1 NOA1

16/07/10 - POE LAX (256 days NOA1 to interview)

27/09/10 - Aussie/American bun in the oven due May 10, 2011

06/01/11 - Submitted change of address online to USCIS. Mailed I-865 for sponsor. Neverending!

05/05/11 - Bouncing baby boy arrives

10/07/12 - Sent I-751

13/07/12 - I-751 NOA1

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Congrats to your sister ... hopefully no dust storms ... :thumbs:

Oh my goodness! :rofl: Absolutely!!!


USCIS Journey

I-130 Sent: 10th October, 2009

I-130 NOA1: 16th October, 2009

I-130 NOA2: 8th February, 2010

Total Time: 111 days

NVC Journey

NVC Received: 8th February, 2010

Email given to NVC: 16th February, 2010

Received DS-3032 / I-864 Bill: 20th February, 2010

Pay I-864 Bill: 26th February, 2010

Show I-864 as paid: 1st March, 2010

Return Completed I-864: 13th April, 2010

Return Completed DS-3032: 20th February, 2010

Receive IV Bill: 25th February, 2010

Pay IV Bill: 26th February, 2010

Show IV Bill as paid: 2nd March, 2010

Return Completed DS-230 package: 13th April, 2010

Packages Entered in AVR: 27th April, 2010 [Delivered to NVC: 20th April, 2010]

FALSE REF: 3rd May, 2010 [Advised of RFE via AVR]

Case Completed at NVC: 4th May, 2010

Total Time: 89 days

Sydney Consulate

Medical: 29th April, 2010 [RESULT: PASSED]

Interview Assigned: 14th May, 2010

Interview Date: 1st June, 2010 (Originally 22nd June but requested an earlier date and it was granted)

Interview Result: APPROVED!

Received IR-1/CR-1 Visa: 10th June, 2010

Entry into USA: 16th June, 2010 (POE: San Francisco)

Removal of Conditions

I-751 Package sent (a little late): May 1, 2012

USCIS Recieved Package: May 3, 2012

Check Cashed: May 11, 2012

NOA1 dated: May 3, 2012 (Received May 17, 2012)

Biometric notice received: May 21, 2012

Biometrics Taken

Card Production Ordered

10 Year Green Card Received

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Oh my goodness! :rofl: Absolutely!!!

LOL ... we LOL now but not funny at the time!!! :thumbs:

Glad it's all working for you, sometimes I absolutely hate it here but I have to say I don't regret moving because married life is beautiful.


OUR JOURNEY SO FAR: (dd/mm/yyyy)

18/09/09 - CR1 NOA1

16/07/10 - POE LAX (256 days NOA1 to interview)

27/09/10 - Aussie/American bun in the oven due May 10, 2011

06/01/11 - Submitted change of address online to USCIS. Mailed I-865 for sponsor. Neverending!

05/05/11 - Bouncing baby boy arrives

10/07/12 - Sent I-751

13/07/12 - I-751 NOA1

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LOL ... we LOL now but not funny at the time!!! :thumbs:

Glad it's all working for you, sometimes I absolutely hate it here but I have to say I don't regret moving because married life is beautiful.

It is kinda funny now, oh yeah. I remember freaking out on Wednesday before the wedding because the sun was blue! I'm so glad that the rest of the dust storm didn't hit until after my wedding photos were taken :D

I really miss Australian food. American's put so much spice and sauce on their food!! After 2 years though, at least I know the foods I like and what to avoid (ie. Anything with nustard on it)


USCIS Journey

I-130 Sent: 10th October, 2009

I-130 NOA1: 16th October, 2009

I-130 NOA2: 8th February, 2010

Total Time: 111 days

NVC Journey

NVC Received: 8th February, 2010

Email given to NVC: 16th February, 2010

Received DS-3032 / I-864 Bill: 20th February, 2010

Pay I-864 Bill: 26th February, 2010

Show I-864 as paid: 1st March, 2010

Return Completed I-864: 13th April, 2010

Return Completed DS-3032: 20th February, 2010

Receive IV Bill: 25th February, 2010

Pay IV Bill: 26th February, 2010

Show IV Bill as paid: 2nd March, 2010

Return Completed DS-230 package: 13th April, 2010

Packages Entered in AVR: 27th April, 2010 [Delivered to NVC: 20th April, 2010]

FALSE REF: 3rd May, 2010 [Advised of RFE via AVR]

Case Completed at NVC: 4th May, 2010

Total Time: 89 days

Sydney Consulate

Medical: 29th April, 2010 [RESULT: PASSED]

Interview Assigned: 14th May, 2010

Interview Date: 1st June, 2010 (Originally 22nd June but requested an earlier date and it was granted)

Interview Result: APPROVED!

Received IR-1/CR-1 Visa: 10th June, 2010

Entry into USA: 16th June, 2010 (POE: San Francisco)

Removal of Conditions

I-751 Package sent (a little late): May 1, 2012

USCIS Recieved Package: May 3, 2012

Check Cashed: May 11, 2012

NOA1 dated: May 3, 2012 (Received May 17, 2012)

Biometric notice received: May 21, 2012

Biometrics Taken

Card Production Ordered

10 Year Green Card Received

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Do you have to have your biometrics done before leaving the country? We'll only be leaving for a week and a half, hopefully it won't be scheduled while we are gone! :wacko:


USCIS Journey

I-130 Sent: 10th October, 2009

I-130 NOA1: 16th October, 2009

I-130 NOA2: 8th February, 2010

Total Time: 111 days

NVC Journey

NVC Received: 8th February, 2010

Email given to NVC: 16th February, 2010

Received DS-3032 / I-864 Bill: 20th February, 2010

Pay I-864 Bill: 26th February, 2010

Show I-864 as paid: 1st March, 2010

Return Completed I-864: 13th April, 2010

Return Completed DS-3032: 20th February, 2010

Receive IV Bill: 25th February, 2010

Pay IV Bill: 26th February, 2010

Show IV Bill as paid: 2nd March, 2010

Return Completed DS-230 package: 13th April, 2010

Packages Entered in AVR: 27th April, 2010 [Delivered to NVC: 20th April, 2010]

FALSE REF: 3rd May, 2010 [Advised of RFE via AVR]

Case Completed at NVC: 4th May, 2010

Total Time: 89 days

Sydney Consulate

Medical: 29th April, 2010 [RESULT: PASSED]

Interview Assigned: 14th May, 2010

Interview Date: 1st June, 2010 (Originally 22nd June but requested an earlier date and it was granted)

Interview Result: APPROVED!

Received IR-1/CR-1 Visa: 10th June, 2010

Entry into USA: 16th June, 2010 (POE: San Francisco)

Removal of Conditions

I-751 Package sent (a little late): May 1, 2012

USCIS Recieved Package: May 3, 2012

Check Cashed: May 11, 2012

NOA1 dated: May 3, 2012 (Received May 17, 2012)

Biometric notice received: May 21, 2012

Biometrics Taken

Card Production Ordered

10 Year Green Card Received

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Do you have to have your biometrics done before leaving the country? We'll only be leaving for a week and a half, hopefully it won't be scheduled while we are gone! :wacko:

It doesn't have to be done before leaving the country. If they schedule it for when you'll be gone, try a walk-in, and explain that you'll be away on that date.


10-28-2008 - I-129F petition in the mail

11-03-2008 - NOA1

03-26-2009 - NOA2

04-23-2009 - P3

06-11-2009 - P4

07-16-2009 - interview - APPROVED

07-22-2009 - visa in hand

08-05-2009 - US entry

09-13-2009 - wedding

10-20-2009 - AOS application in the mail

10-28-2009 - NOA

11-25-2009 - biometrics appointment

12-18-2009 - EAD approved

12-22-2009 - EAD card received

01-28-2010 - interview - APPROVED

02-12-2010 - green card received

11-07-2011 - I-751 petition in the mail

11-10-2011 - NOA

12-30-2011 - biometrics appointment

08-13-2012 - approval

03-28-2013 - N-400 application in the mail

04-02-2013 - NOA

04-30-2013 - biometrics appointment

06-13-2013 - interview - APPROVED

08-26-2013 - oath

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It doesn't have to be done before leaving the country. If they schedule it for when you'll be gone, try a walk-in, and explain that you'll be away on that date.

Awesome, thank you :)


USCIS Journey

I-130 Sent: 10th October, 2009

I-130 NOA1: 16th October, 2009

I-130 NOA2: 8th February, 2010

Total Time: 111 days

NVC Journey

NVC Received: 8th February, 2010

Email given to NVC: 16th February, 2010

Received DS-3032 / I-864 Bill: 20th February, 2010

Pay I-864 Bill: 26th February, 2010

Show I-864 as paid: 1st March, 2010

Return Completed I-864: 13th April, 2010

Return Completed DS-3032: 20th February, 2010

Receive IV Bill: 25th February, 2010

Pay IV Bill: 26th February, 2010

Show IV Bill as paid: 2nd March, 2010

Return Completed DS-230 package: 13th April, 2010

Packages Entered in AVR: 27th April, 2010 [Delivered to NVC: 20th April, 2010]

FALSE REF: 3rd May, 2010 [Advised of RFE via AVR]

Case Completed at NVC: 4th May, 2010

Total Time: 89 days

Sydney Consulate

Medical: 29th April, 2010 [RESULT: PASSED]

Interview Assigned: 14th May, 2010

Interview Date: 1st June, 2010 (Originally 22nd June but requested an earlier date and it was granted)

Interview Result: APPROVED!

Received IR-1/CR-1 Visa: 10th June, 2010

Entry into USA: 16th June, 2010 (POE: San Francisco)

Removal of Conditions

I-751 Package sent (a little late): May 1, 2012

USCIS Recieved Package: May 3, 2012

Check Cashed: May 11, 2012

NOA1 dated: May 3, 2012 (Received May 17, 2012)

Biometric notice received: May 21, 2012

Biometrics Taken

Card Production Ordered

10 Year Green Card Received

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