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Just wanted to share my recent experience travelling out of the country on a honeymoon with my husband, and returning to the USA using my combo card. These were the documents I had brought with me:

-passport

-combo card

-appointment letter for my GC interview (to show that my application is pending)

-marriage certificate

Since my husband is a USC, we asked the customs employees which line we should wait in --the USC line or the visitors line. They told us the visitors line, so that's where we went. Later, another customs employee told us that next time, we should go in the USC line. There probably won't be a "next time" but I think that might be a better route because the officer at the USC kiosk might be less... scrutinizing. Don't know, just a theory.

Anyway, we went to the visitor line and I had to fill out a new I-94. The officer looked at my combo card as if he had never seen it before in his life. He was like, "What is this?" He was very nice but he was puzzled. He went away to ask someone about it, came back, took my prints, stamped our stuff, and sent us to secondary processing. We asked why and he said it was because he had never seen the combo card before. Like I said, he was very nice throughout the whole thing.

We went to secondary and waited until we were called up. The officer seemed to be familiar with the card and simply stamped my stuff a couple more times and wished us on our way.

They did not ask to see more documentation, not even our marriage certificate. Pretty easy.

If I had to do this again, I would definitely bring the cover letter that came with my combo card. That way I can just hand it over to the first officer instead of saying, "It's a combo card" without providing any additional info. And perhaps if I had done that, we would not have gotten sent back to secondary.

I was surprised that the combo card was not recognized since I was at a big airport (Maimi!) and that card has been around for a while now.

Hope this helps anyone else out there curious about traveling on AP!


Adjusting from F1 based on Marriage to USC
FedEx AOS package to Chicago Lockbox: Dec. 7, 2011
FedEx confirmation: Dec. 9, 2011
E-notification: Dec. 14, 2011
Checks cashed: Dec. 15, 2011
NOA1's received: Dec. 19, 2011
Biometrics Letter received: Dec. 19, 2011
Biometrics Walk-in: Dec. 27, 2011
EAD in card-production: Feb. 28, 2012
AP approved: Feb. 28, 2012
EAD & AP combo card received: Mar. 8, 2012
Interview date: May 3, 2012
E-notification of I-130 approval: May 8, 2012
Receive Green Card: May 16, 2012

Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence

FedEx I-571 package to Vermont: Apr. 7, 2014

NOA Receipt Date: Apr. 9, 2014

Check cashed: Apr. 11, 2014

NOA Received: Apr. 12, 2014

Biometrics Appt.: May 8, 2014

ROC approval letter received: Oct. 21, 2014

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Great review and glad you had no troubles. I believe someone traveling on AP will always be sent to secondary, so don't worry!


AOS for my husband
8/17/10: INTERVIEW DAY (day 123) APPROVED!!

ROC:
5/23/12: Sent out package
2/06/13: APPROVED!

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Canada
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Just wanted to share my recent experience travelling out of the country on a honeymoon with my husband, and returning to the USA using my combo card. These were the documents I had brought with me:

-passport

-combo card

-appointment letter for my GC interview (to show that my application is pending)

-marriage certificate

Since my husband is a USC, we asked the customs employees which line we should wait in --the USC line or the visitors line. They told us the visitors line, so that's where we went. Later, another customs employee told us that next time, we should go in the USC line. There probably won't be a "next time" but I think that might be a better route because the officer at the USC kiosk might be less... scrutinizing. Don't know, just a theory.

Anyway, we went to the visitor line and I had to fill out a new I-94. The officer looked at my combo card as if he had never seen it before in his life. He was like, "What is this?" He was very nice but he was puzzled. He went away to ask someone about it, came back, took my prints, stamped our stuff, and sent us to secondary processing. We asked why and he said it was because he had never seen the combo card before. Like I said, he was very nice throughout the whole thing.

We went to secondary and waited until we were called up. The officer seemed to be familiar with the card and simply stamped my stuff a couple more times and wished us on our way.

They did not ask to see more documentation, not even our marriage certificate. Pretty easy.

If I had to do this again, I would definitely bring the cover letter that came with my combo card. That way I can just hand it over to the first officer instead of saying, "It's a combo card" without providing any additional info. And perhaps if I had done that, we would not have gotten sent back to secondary.

I was surprised that the combo card was not recognized since I was at a big airport (Maimi!) and that card has been around for a while now.

Hope this helps anyone else out there curious about traveling on AP!

We came back from Canada a couple of weeks ago and used the combo card. It was easy. No secondary. They just wanted to see her old passport(with the K-1 visa and I-94).


02/22/2011 - I-129F Mailed to Texas Lockbox
03/02/2011 - Electronic Notice of Acceptance Received
03/02/2011 - Check cashed
03/16/2011 - Received NOA 1
06/02/2011 - RFE
06/12/2011 - RFE returned
06/20/2011 - Received NOA 2
07/08/2011 - NVC Sent to Embassy
08/08/2011 - Packet 3
08/15/2011 - Packet 4
10/21/2011 - Interview - APPROVED
11/16/2011 - POE - Port Huron
12/03/2011 - Marriage!

AOS
12/12/2011 - AOS Packet Mailed
12/14/2011 - AOS Packet Delivered to Chicago Lockbox per USPS
12/19/2011 - Emails received from USCIS for receipt of applications
12/19/2011 - NOA's Receipt date
12/23/2011 - Received biometrics appointment letter
01/10/2012 - Biometrics Appointment
01/11/2012 - Case transferred to California Service Center
02/08/2012 - EAD and AP approval text/email
02/13/2012 - Second email telling us the EAD card is in production (why two?)
02/14/2012 - Email notice telling us that the EAD has been mailed
02/16/2012 - Email notice that USPS picked up the EAD on 2/14/2012
02/16/2012 - EAD and AP Card received
07/19/2012 - Contacted Congressman
07/26/2012 - RFE Text and Email received
10/23/2012 - AOS Approval text
10/27/2012 - Greencard received!

Lifting Conditions

07/22/2014 - Filing Date

07/24/2014 - NOA

08/18/2014 - Biometrics

10/22/2014 - USCIS web site says Approved!

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Filed: Citizen (pnd) Country: Australia
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My USC DH (Darling Husband) and I frequently travel together internationally. When entering the USA I have always gone with him to the USC line at customs and immigration, even when I'm traveling on a tourist visa. And he always comes with me to the Aussie Citizen's line when we visit Australia. No one has ever questioned this.

We are married. We are traveling together. So we get processed together.

Be bold, and assume that you are right to be in the USC line with your spouse!! (Of course, be polite and listen to instructions).

Getting pulled into secondary screening is daunting, but I'm glad that it was quick and fairly painless!!


I-129F filed May 1996
K-1 issued August 1996
Married in September 1996.
AOS October 1996
LPR April 1997 to 2003.
Forced to abandon status at POE in DC, 2003.
Lived & worked in Asia together 2000 to 2011.
We have 2 gorgeous kids!
Returned to USA Oct 2011, on B1 tourist visa
Filed i-130 and i-485 in April 2012.

LPR approved 10/22/2012 (Conditional 2 year period waived)

Fast forward 4 years to 2016.... it's that time!

Day 0: April 13, 2016 Sent N-400 at 12:20pm :dancing:

Day 1: April 14, 2016 Delivered to USCIS Lewisville, TX 11:38am

Day 6: April 19, 2016 Text acceptance 3:48pm ; Check Cashed

Day 10: April 23, 2016 NOA received

Day 16: April 29, 2016 NOA - Biometrics appointment scheduled

Day 28: May 11, 2016 Biometrics appointment at Orlando

Day 120 : August 11, 2016 7.30am Naturalization Interview - Approved! :thumbs:

Day 162 : September 22, 2015 1.00pm Oath!!

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Filed: Citizen (pnd) Country: Canada
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We came back from Canada a couple of weeks ago and used the combo card. It was easy. No secondary. They just wanted to see her old passport(with the K-1 visa and I-94).

This was good to read, I will be flying to Vancouver BC via Minneapolis, I hope to have my greencard by mid May...it really is not looking good but I do have AP.

Lise

Edited by Lise + Michael

Love Changes Everything

N-400 Process

May 29, 2016 paperwork sent in

June 3, 2016 check cashed! Text message received.

June 2, NOA

June 22, Biometrics

March 3 In Line for Interview

 

ROC Process

May 8, 2014 paperwork in hands of USCIS,California Service Center!

May 14, 2014 check cashed

June 2, 2014 Biometrics waived

July 16, 2014 10 yr greencard in hand!

AOS Process
September 29, 2011 AOS in hands of USCIS
July 9, 2012 WELCOME TO AMERICA letter!
July 11, 2012 Conditional GreenCard in hand!


K-1 Process
December 18, 2010 Our K-1 package arrived at Homeland Security
August 23, 2011 Approved
September 8, 2011 POE at Grand Portage, MN Border
September 11, 2011 Married!!!

 

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Be bold, and assume that you are right to be in the USC line with your spouse!! (Of course, be polite and listen to instructions).

I like this attitude! :D I'll try to be bolder the next time I interact with border officials and/or USCIS. I have a tendency to get super nervous in these situations!


Adjusting from F1 based on Marriage to USC
FedEx AOS package to Chicago Lockbox: Dec. 7, 2011
FedEx confirmation: Dec. 9, 2011
E-notification: Dec. 14, 2011
Checks cashed: Dec. 15, 2011
NOA1's received: Dec. 19, 2011
Biometrics Letter received: Dec. 19, 2011
Biometrics Walk-in: Dec. 27, 2011
EAD in card-production: Feb. 28, 2012
AP approved: Feb. 28, 2012
EAD & AP combo card received: Mar. 8, 2012
Interview date: May 3, 2012
E-notification of I-130 approval: May 8, 2012
Receive Green Card: May 16, 2012

Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence

FedEx I-571 package to Vermont: Apr. 7, 2014

NOA Receipt Date: Apr. 9, 2014

Check cashed: Apr. 11, 2014

NOA Received: Apr. 12, 2014

Biometrics Appt.: May 8, 2014

ROC approval letter received: Oct. 21, 2014

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