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Khomer1964

Cruise to Bahamas

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Greetings Fellow Visa Journey Members!

I haven't posted in the forum in over a year, but had a question about travelling outside the US.

A little History:

-Met my wife online in 2009

-Visited Shanghai in Oct 2009

-Wife visited USA in March 2010

-Engaged March 2010

-Mailed visa packet March 2010

-Interview August 2010

-Approved Sept 2010

-Wife arrived in US Nov 2010

-Married Dec 2010

My wife received her Green card in 2011. It is set to expire in June 2013. She applied for another Green card in March 2013 and was told it would take 10 months to receive the new card. We want to go on a cruise to the Bahamas in mid-June. She received a Notice of Action stating that she was granted a one year extension. My question is: Can she travel to the Bahamas and get back into the USA with the NOA? She has a Chinese passport, US Drivers license and an SSN card. I checked the cruise website and getting into the Bahamas doesn't seem to be very difficult, but getting back into the US is where i am worried. If any members have been in this situation or know what we need to do, i would really appreciate it.

Thank you

Kurt and Ellen

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Present the expiring green card with the original extension letter, and all should be well. It never hurts to have a copy of your marriage certificate with you, too, just in case.

Good that you've returned to VJ. Update your timeline to show that the I-751 has been filed.

Here's another thread on your topic:

http://www.visajourney.com/forums/topic/358195-traveling-abroad-with-expired-green-card-and-letter-of-extension-1-year/

Edited by TBoneTX

06-04-2007 = TSC stamps postal return-receipt for I-129f.

06-11-2007 = NOA1 date (unknown to me).

07-20-2007 = Phoned Immigration Officer; got WAC#; where's NOA1?

09-25-2007 = Touch (first-ever).

09-28-2007 = NOA1, 23 days after their 45-day promise to send it (grrrr).

10-20 & 11-14-2007 = Phoned ImmOffs; "still pending."

12-11-2007 = 180 days; file is "between workstations, may be early Jan."; touches 12/11 & 12/12.

12-18-2007 = Call; file is with Division 9 ofcr. (bckgrnd check); e-prompt to shake it; touch.

12-19-2007 = NOA2 by e-mail & web, dated 12-18-07 (187 days; 201 per VJ); in mail 12/24/07.

01-09-2008 = File from USCIS to NVC, 1-4-08; NVC creates file, 1/15/08; to consulate 1/16/08.

01-23-2008 = Consulate gets file; outdated Packet 4 mailed to fiancee 1/27/08; rec'd 3/3/08.

04-29-2008 = Fiancee's 4-min. consular interview, 8:30 a.m.; much evidence brought but not allowed to be presented (consul: "More proof! Second interview! Bring your fiance!").

05-05-2008 = Infuriating $12 call to non-English-speaking consulate appointment-setter.

05-06-2008 = Better $12 call to English-speaker; "joint" interview date 6/30/08 (my selection).

06-30-2008 = Stokes Interrogations w/Ecuadorian (not USC); "wait 2 weeks; we'll mail her."

07-2008 = Daily calls to DOS: "currently processing"; 8/05 = Phoned consulate, got Section Chief; wrote him.

08-07-08 = E-mail from consulate, promising to issue visa "as soon as we get her passport" (on 8/12, per DHL).

08-27-08 = Phoned consulate (they "couldn't find" our file); visa DHL'd 8/28; in hand 9/1; through POE on 10/9 with NO hassles(!).

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Remember that in any foreign port your spouse travels on their passport NOT a green card and may need visas even if you don't. Always double / triple check this as usally cuise /travel people are clueless. Take the original extenstion letter for re entry. Carry copies of everything both your and hers tucked away somewhere to cover you if something gets lost.


This will not be over quickly. You will not enjoy this.

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Remember that in any foreign port your spouse travels on their passport NOT a green card and may need visas even if you don't. Always double / triple check this as usally cuise /travel people are clueless. Take the original extenstion letter for re entry. Carry copies of everything both your and hers tucked away somewhere to cover you if something gets lost.

The cruise lines have a special arrangement with the Bahamas and she does not need to show anything other than her sign-n-sale card given by the cruise line when you borad the ship. My wife and I just did this cruise. SHe will be fine with her expired greencard and extension letter.

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