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Hi there, just found out today that my mother was put on life support, my passport has expired and don't have time to wait to get an expidided one...can I being a Canadian citizen travel back home with out a passport..will renew my old one in Canada to get back in the states


AOS & EAD

Mailed Sept 20th 2005 ( EAD & AOS )

Chicago recieved packet Sept 22nd ( the day my I-94 expired )

Sept 29th 2005 NOA 1 ( AOS & EAD ) Recipet date Sept 27th

Oct 1st 2005 touched ( AOS & EAD )

Dec 12 th 2005 touched ( EAD)

Dec. 29th 2005 touched ( EAD)

Jan 27th 2006 inforpass Had Biomterics for EAD & AOS

Jan 27th 2006 EAD & AOS touched

Feb 3rd 2006 EAD Approved

Fed 6th 2006 recieved EAD

Feb 10th 2006 recieved interview letter for AOS

April 17th 2006 AOS Interview 12:30

April 17th 2006 AOS Approved

April 21st 2006 Received Welcome Letter

April 27th 2006 Greencard in my hands!!!!

Lifting of conditions April 2008...

Removal of Conditions

Feb 6th 2008 mailed packet off

Feb 14th check cashed Saw that it was transfered to Californa ( Mailed to Nebraska )

Feb 16th got reciept letter in the mail with one year extension Receipt date Feb 11 2008

Feb 28th recieved Boimetrics appoinment

March 10th Boimetrics at 12 noon

March 10th 2008 Touched

March 13th 2008 Touched

May 15th Recieved e-mail 10 year Card Ordered!!!!

Done for 10 years!! Have not decided if i will become a citizen lots of time to think about that...

May 21st 10 year greencard in my hands!!!

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Hi there, just found out today that my mother was put on life support, my passport has expired and don't have time to wait to get an expidided one...can I being a Canadian citizen travel back home with out a passport..will renew my old one in Canada to get back in the states

I don't know the most about this stuff, so hopefully someone else replies who knows for sure... but I believe traveling without a passport is really difficult. Having never been on a plane, I can't say for sure you can't take a flight without a passport, but I don't think you can. And while you can, I believe, get into Canada via driving without a passport (you can use photo ID --- like a driver's license, and a birth certificate), the U.S. is no longer allowing people in without a passport. Since that rule only passed a few years ago, some people don't know and try to get through without it, but they're given a really hard time from what I've read.


Our History - 5 years of marriage, known each other for 8 years (and counting!)
06/15/2006 - Met my husband online
05/06/2007 - Met in person for the first time in San Francisco, CA
11/04/2007 - Met in person again for two weeks in San Francisco, CA
12/15/2007 - Decide to be friends, due to distance
06/01/2009 - Entered Canada with my husband, intending to return to the US (started living together)
06/09/2009 - My husband and I fall in love
09/20/2009 - Married in Calgary, AB, Canada
06/09/2010 - 1st Anniversary
06/09/2011 - 2nd Anniversary
12/18/2011 - Expecting our first child
06/09/2012 - 3rd Anniversary
08/31/2012 - Our son is born in St. Albert, AB, Canada

06/09/2013 - 4th Anniversary

06/09/2014 - 5th Anniversary

USCIS - 36 days
12/10/2012 - Mailed I-130
01/01/2013 - Received NOA1 email
01/11/2013 - Received NOA1 letter in mail
02/05/2013 - NOA2 (Approved) but update is not reflected anywhere
02/19/2013 - Received NOA2 letter in mail


NVC
03/06/2013 - AOS fee invoice received
04/18/2013 - AOS fee paid
04/21/2013 - AOS paperwork mailed

01/06/2014 - Supporting documents requested

06/24/2014 - Mailed supporting documents

07/03/2014 - Email verifying documents were received

07/10/2014 - Received interview date

08/11/2014 - Scheduled medical

08/15/2014 - Scheduled interview date (APPROVED!)

08/18/2014 - Visa status changes to ISSUED on CEAC website

08/19/2014 - Waybill # for Loomis arrives in e-mail

08/20/2014 - Visa/Passport ready for pick up early morning

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A green card holder does not need to show a passport when they enter the US, only their green card (8 CFR 211.1(a)).

https://help.cbp.gov...anent-residents

You should check with the airline first though, as they may have their own requirements.

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AoS

Day 0 (4/23/12) Petitions mailed (I-360, I-485, I-765)
2 (4/25/12) Petitions delivered to Chicago Lockbox
11 (5/3/12) Received 3 paper NOAs
13 (5/5/12) Received biometrics appointment for 5/23
15 (5/7/12) Did an unpleasant walk-in biometrics in Fort Worth, TX
45 (6/7/12) Received email & text notification of an interview on 7/10
67 (6/29/12) EAD production ordered
77 (7/9/12) Received EAD
78 (7/10/12) Interview
100 (8/1/12) I-485 transferred to Vermont Service Centre
143 (9/13/12) Contacted DHS Ombudsman
268 (1/16/13) I-360, I-485 consolidated and transferred to Dallas
299 (2/16/13) Received second interview letter for 3/8
319 (3/8/13) Approved at interview
345 (4/3/13) I-360, I-485 formally approved; green card production ordered
353 (4/11/13) Received green card

 

Naturalisation

Day 0 (1/3/18) N-400 filed online

Day 6 (1/9/18) Walk-in biometrics in Fort Worth, TX

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Its a little uglier than you think. I went through this in May 2011. Whoever said that your challenge is the airlines is correct. Although Canada officially does not state it, the border folks will tell you that Canada has signed on to a multinational agreement that requires a passport to be shown. Having said that, the advice I was given by Border Services over the phone is that if you tell them you are a Canadian citizen they will take you to secondary to verify but they cannot deny you entry. I had a copy of my birth certificate so that ended the discussion at the border. I got in without going to secondary. It was not a warm and friendly discussion one though. Take the expired passport along. Call the airlines to see if you will have trouble boarding with just a green card and an expired passport but once again it is up to the counter agent whether they will let you board or not. Get there really early in case you have to spend some time at it. If you live in the US you do not have access to expedited passport renewal at a passport office in Canada either but that will be no issue for you. You can renew when you get back to the US. I learned my lesson - I will renew early from now on. It is not worth the stress.

I should also have said that one option is to fly close to the border and drive across in a rental car. That way you have no issue with the airlines and you will certainly get through at a highway border crossing. In my case I was headed for Vancouver so I could have flown to Seattle and driven across at Blaine WA.

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Are you in the US trying to get home or elsewhere?


USCIS - 40 DAYS
2012-10-30: FedEx delivered I-130 to Chicago Lockbox Mail Room
2012-11-01: NOA1 by email - MSC
2012-11-02: $420 (x3) debited from our account
2012-11-05: NOA1 hard copies received, Priority Date 2012-10-30
2012-12-11: NOA2


NVC - 26 DAYS
2013-01-02: Rec'd case#, IIN, BIN & OPTIN emails for EP sent
2013-01-03: Submitted DS-261 (x3)
2013-01-07: AOS bills invoiced and paid & OPTIN for EP accepted for each of us
2013-01-08: AOS bills appear as paid & AOS packages sent by email
2013-01-08: IV bill invoiced & paid (kids' only)
2013-01-09: IV bill appears as paid (kids' only)
2013-01-09: IV Package emailed & DS-260 submitted online (kids only)
2013-01-11: AOS received -notified by email
2013-01-11: IV bill invoiced & paid (for me)
2013-01-14: IV bill appears as paid (for me)
2013-01-14: IV Supporting Docs received for kids - notified by email
2013-01-14: IV Package emailed & DS-260 submitted online (me only)
2013-01-18: IV Supporting Docs received for me - notified by email
2013-01-18: Son#1 CASE COMPLETE - Son#2 checklist - saying $ on I-864 don't match tax return (but they do)-resubmitted
2013-01-23: AOS 2nd submission for Son #2 received - notified by email
2013-01-25: My CASE COMPLETE
2013-01-28: ALL 3 OF OUR CASES ARE NOW COMPLETE
2013-02-06: Packet 4 Received by email

MEDICAL ~ CONSULATE ~ POE REMOVAL OF CONDITIONS - 160 DAYS NATURALIZATION
2013-02-13: Medicals 2014-12-17: Delivered to California Lockbox 2015-12-15: Delivered to Phoenix Lockbox
2013-03-06: Interview 2014-12-19: 1 I-751 + 3 Biometrics Fees debited from our account 2015-12-16: Fees charged to Credit Card
2013-03-08: Visas in-hand 2014-12-22: Received NOA1 by mail. Receipt Date: 2014-12-17 2015-12-17: NOA
2013-03-12: Paid USCIS Immigrant Fee 2014-12-24: Received Biometrics Appointment Letter 2016-01-02: Biometrics Letter 2016-01-11: Biometrics
2013-03-14: POE 2015-01-06: Biometrics 2016-02-15: In Line for Interview 2016-02-19: Letter
2013-03-25: SSNs arrived 2015-05-27: Approved 2016-03-22: Interview
2013-04-01: Green Cards arrived 2015-06-03: New Green Cards arrived 2016-04-15: Oath Ceremony

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I am sorry to hear about your mother. :(

You can enter Canada without a Canadian passport as long as you can prove your Canadian citizenship. As Back_to_KY said, though, your problem will be with the airlines. If you are at all able to fly to a close US border city and drive across the border, your green card will be fine for admissions in both directions and that would save you any potential hassle and delay with the airlines. The cost of the flight to a border city plus the car rental is almost always cheaper as well then flying directly into Canada. If your mother lives too far away from the border to make that feasible, however, it is still available as an alternative if you have problems with the airlines.

Yes, you should be able to get your passport renewed while in Canada.

Good luck. I hope your Mother's condition improves.

Are you in the US trying to get home or elsewhere?

She is a Canadian in the US as a permanent resident (10 green card holder) trying to get home to her mother in Canada.

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You are a Canadian in the USA, trying to get back to Canada, right?

Do you still have your expired Canadian passport? If so, they should let you in. They may give you a hard time but you are a citizen of the country and can prove it with an )albeit expired) passport.


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My suggestion was definitely to drive across the border and fly the rest of the way or fly to somewhere near a border and drive across and THEN fly the rest of the way or drive if you could. I think driving across would be easier than battling the airlines who want the passports. I don't know. Wish I could be of more use.


USCIS - 40 DAYS
2012-10-30: FedEx delivered I-130 to Chicago Lockbox Mail Room
2012-11-01: NOA1 by email - MSC
2012-11-02: $420 (x3) debited from our account
2012-11-05: NOA1 hard copies received, Priority Date 2012-10-30
2012-12-11: NOA2


NVC - 26 DAYS
2013-01-02: Rec'd case#, IIN, BIN & OPTIN emails for EP sent
2013-01-03: Submitted DS-261 (x3)
2013-01-07: AOS bills invoiced and paid & OPTIN for EP accepted for each of us
2013-01-08: AOS bills appear as paid & AOS packages sent by email
2013-01-08: IV bill invoiced & paid (kids' only)
2013-01-09: IV bill appears as paid (kids' only)
2013-01-09: IV Package emailed & DS-260 submitted online (kids only)
2013-01-11: AOS received -notified by email
2013-01-11: IV bill invoiced & paid (for me)
2013-01-14: IV bill appears as paid (for me)
2013-01-14: IV Supporting Docs received for kids - notified by email
2013-01-14: IV Package emailed & DS-260 submitted online (me only)
2013-01-18: IV Supporting Docs received for me - notified by email
2013-01-18: Son#1 CASE COMPLETE - Son#2 checklist - saying $ on I-864 don't match tax return (but they do)-resubmitted
2013-01-23: AOS 2nd submission for Son #2 received - notified by email
2013-01-25: My CASE COMPLETE
2013-01-28: ALL 3 OF OUR CASES ARE NOW COMPLETE
2013-02-06: Packet 4 Received by email

MEDICAL ~ CONSULATE ~ POE REMOVAL OF CONDITIONS - 160 DAYS NATURALIZATION
2013-02-13: Medicals 2014-12-17: Delivered to California Lockbox 2015-12-15: Delivered to Phoenix Lockbox
2013-03-06: Interview 2014-12-19: 1 I-751 + 3 Biometrics Fees debited from our account 2015-12-16: Fees charged to Credit Card
2013-03-08: Visas in-hand 2014-12-22: Received NOA1 by mail. Receipt Date: 2014-12-17 2015-12-17: NOA
2013-03-12: Paid USCIS Immigrant Fee 2014-12-24: Received Biometrics Appointment Letter 2016-01-02: Biometrics Letter 2016-01-11: Biometrics
2013-03-14: POE 2015-01-06: Biometrics 2016-02-15: In Line for Interview 2016-02-19: Letter
2013-03-25: SSNs arrived 2015-05-27: Approved 2016-03-22: Interview
2013-04-01: Green Cards arrived 2015-06-03: New Green Cards arrived 2016-04-15: Oath Ceremony

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My suggestion was definitely to drive across the border and fly the rest of the way or fly to somewhere near a border and drive across and THEN fly the rest of the way or drive if you could. I think driving across would be easier than battling the airlines who want the passports. I don't know. Wish I could be of more use.

Yes, good suggestion too. I hope Crissy was able to make arrangements and is on her way to her mother now . . . :huh:


“...Isn't it splendid to think of all the things there are to find out about? It just makes me feel glad to be alive--it's such an interesting world. It wouldn't be half so interesting if we knew all about everything, would it? There'd be no scope for imagination then, would there?”

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Hi there, just found out today that my mother was put on life support, my passport has expired and don't have time to wait to get an expidided one...can I being a Canadian citizen travel back home with out a passport..will renew my old one in Canada to get back in the states

Airlines should not give too much trouble. They follow Canada's TIM which is issued by Border and Customs. Canada does require your passport to be valid upon arrival. Even if you are a Canadian national. However, the passport exemptions lists that canadian certificate of birth can be used as well as a US Green Card.

My advice take all three, birth certificate, expired passport and GC. Explain to airline staff your emergency, if they are hesitant ask them to call immigration at your POE in Canada and ask for a reference to permit you to enter..(yes, we airline staff can do that.. we have internal telephone numbers for such a thing) and since you will have the required documents..you should not have a problem obtaining entry.

I hope it all works out for you..


CR1 Visa

USCIS
08/13/2013 -- I130 Sent
08/14/2013 -- I130 NOA1 (email)

02/20/2014 -- I130 NOA2 (189 days - email)

NVC

02-28-2014 -- NVC received
04-03-2014 -- NVC case number assigned

05-22-2014 -- Case completed!!!!!!!
05-30-2014 -- Interview scheduled for July 16th 2014 08:30am

05-31-2014 -- Interview Letter received
Embassy
06-24-2014 -- Medical

07-16-2014 -- Interview Approved!!!!!
07-21-2014 -- Visa in hand
09-24-2014 -- POE

 

ROC
09-09-2016 -- I-751 sent
09-17-2016 -- NOA received

10-14-2016 -- Biometric appointment

08-07-2017 -- New card ordered
08-10-2017 -- New card mailed ( still no approval letter)

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Thank you all for your quick responses, I also contacted the Canadian Consult and they told me , by air you must present a passport by land you do not...so I am gonna just fly to minot and then rent a car to cross over...

I also live to far from a consult here in Illinois to get the expedited one , which will take about 3 to 5 days ..

thanks all

Airlines should not give too much trouble. They follow Canada's TIM which is issued by Border and Customs. Canada does require your passport to be valid upon arrival. Even if you are a Canadian national. However, the passport exemptions lists that canadian certificate of birth can be used as well as a US Green Card.

My advice take all three, birth certificate, expired passport and GC. Explain to airline staff your emergency, if they are hesitant ask them to call immigration at your POE in Canada and ask for a reference to permit you to enter..(yes, we airline staff can do that.. we have internal telephone numbers for such a thing) and since you will have the required documents..you should not have a problem obtaining entry.

I hope it all works out for you..

I will also take all documents with me ...even have my old Id from Canada as well..

Thank you all for your quick responses, I also contacted the Canadian Consult and they told me , by air you must present a passport by land you do not...so I am gonna just fly to minot and then rent a car to cross over...

I also live to far from a consult here in Illinois to get the expedited one , which will take about 3 to 5 days ..

thanks all


AOS & EAD

Mailed Sept 20th 2005 ( EAD & AOS )

Chicago recieved packet Sept 22nd ( the day my I-94 expired )

Sept 29th 2005 NOA 1 ( AOS & EAD ) Recipet date Sept 27th

Oct 1st 2005 touched ( AOS & EAD )

Dec 12 th 2005 touched ( EAD)

Dec. 29th 2005 touched ( EAD)

Jan 27th 2006 inforpass Had Biomterics for EAD & AOS

Jan 27th 2006 EAD & AOS touched

Feb 3rd 2006 EAD Approved

Fed 6th 2006 recieved EAD

Feb 10th 2006 recieved interview letter for AOS

April 17th 2006 AOS Interview 12:30

April 17th 2006 AOS Approved

April 21st 2006 Received Welcome Letter

April 27th 2006 Greencard in my hands!!!!

Lifting of conditions April 2008...

Removal of Conditions

Feb 6th 2008 mailed packet off

Feb 14th check cashed Saw that it was transfered to Californa ( Mailed to Nebraska )

Feb 16th got reciept letter in the mail with one year extension Receipt date Feb 11 2008

Feb 28th recieved Boimetrics appoinment

March 10th Boimetrics at 12 noon

March 10th 2008 Touched

March 13th 2008 Touched

May 15th Recieved e-mail 10 year Card Ordered!!!!

Done for 10 years!! Have not decided if i will become a citizen lots of time to think about that...

May 21st 10 year greencard in my hands!!!

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I'm glad to see you figured out a way to get home to your mom.


USCIS - 40 DAYS
2012-10-30: FedEx delivered I-130 to Chicago Lockbox Mail Room
2012-11-01: NOA1 by email - MSC
2012-11-02: $420 (x3) debited from our account
2012-11-05: NOA1 hard copies received, Priority Date 2012-10-30
2012-12-11: NOA2


NVC - 26 DAYS
2013-01-02: Rec'd case#, IIN, BIN & OPTIN emails for EP sent
2013-01-03: Submitted DS-261 (x3)
2013-01-07: AOS bills invoiced and paid & OPTIN for EP accepted for each of us
2013-01-08: AOS bills appear as paid & AOS packages sent by email
2013-01-08: IV bill invoiced & paid (kids' only)
2013-01-09: IV bill appears as paid (kids' only)
2013-01-09: IV Package emailed & DS-260 submitted online (kids only)
2013-01-11: AOS received -notified by email
2013-01-11: IV bill invoiced & paid (for me)
2013-01-14: IV bill appears as paid (for me)
2013-01-14: IV Supporting Docs received for kids - notified by email
2013-01-14: IV Package emailed & DS-260 submitted online (me only)
2013-01-18: IV Supporting Docs received for me - notified by email
2013-01-18: Son#1 CASE COMPLETE - Son#2 checklist - saying $ on I-864 don't match tax return (but they do)-resubmitted
2013-01-23: AOS 2nd submission for Son #2 received - notified by email
2013-01-25: My CASE COMPLETE
2013-01-28: ALL 3 OF OUR CASES ARE NOW COMPLETE
2013-02-06: Packet 4 Received by email

MEDICAL ~ CONSULATE ~ POE REMOVAL OF CONDITIONS - 160 DAYS NATURALIZATION
2013-02-13: Medicals 2014-12-17: Delivered to California Lockbox 2015-12-15: Delivered to Phoenix Lockbox
2013-03-06: Interview 2014-12-19: 1 I-751 + 3 Biometrics Fees debited from our account 2015-12-16: Fees charged to Credit Card
2013-03-08: Visas in-hand 2014-12-22: Received NOA1 by mail. Receipt Date: 2014-12-17 2015-12-17: NOA
2013-03-12: Paid USCIS Immigrant Fee 2014-12-24: Received Biometrics Appointment Letter 2016-01-02: Biometrics Letter 2016-01-11: Biometrics
2013-03-14: POE 2015-01-06: Biometrics 2016-02-15: In Line for Interview 2016-02-19: Letter
2013-03-25: SSNs arrived 2015-05-27: Approved 2016-03-22: Interview
2013-04-01: Green Cards arrived 2015-06-03: New Green Cards arrived 2016-04-15: Oath Ceremony

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Safe travels and I hope your Mom is doing better when you see her.


“...Isn't it splendid to think of all the things there are to find out about? It just makes me feel glad to be alive--it's such an interesting world. It wouldn't be half so interesting if we knew all about everything, would it? There'd be no scope for imagination then, would there?”

. Lucy Maude Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

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