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Hi everyone,

I and my husband went to get interviewed this morning and we got approved right away with 10 years permanent resident. My officer said I should expect to get green card in between 2-4 weeks. Then I will need to apply for SSN#. My question is I'm going to my country for vacation when I have green card in hand. Do I have to bring SSN# with me? Thank you

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is that it? I can travel out of the US with only my green card? because I need to know what paperwork I need to bring with me just in case you know..

FYI, my interview went pretty long. My officer asked for all the original(or certified copy) of my birth certificate, marriage certificate, and my husband naturalized certificate. And I forgot all the original papers that she asked for. Then she said, really? You came to an interview with all the copies, not original? :)) After that she said, okay I am not going to ask for any original paperworks anymore since you didn't bring them. Then she just looked at the evidences that I brought. She later left the room to make copy of some of my papers and came back. She clicked on her computer and printed out 2 papers then signed them. She didn't even said congratulations. She just said, You should expect to received the card in 2-4 weeks then 3 years later you can apply for naturalization. Then I asked why don't I get 2 years conditional green card, then she answered that I don't need it since she got everything she wanted. lol...

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Your SSN is not a travel document, to bring it or not to bring it is up to you, but it won't be of any help or needed anywhere as part of your travel documents.

To travel out and back into the U.S., You need 1). your passport, and 2). your green card. If you are the female and the name in your green card differs from the name in your passport (maiden name), you will need to carry your marriage certificate just in case you have to explain away the different names.

That's it. Congratulations on being approved.


[02/23, 2012]  - DAY 001  (day 0001) (AOS) Mailed package to Chicago Lockbox via USPS overnight
[06/01, 2012]  - 
DAY 099  (day 0099) 2-year Conditional GC in hand
[05/05, 2014]  - DAY 001  (day 0802) (ROC) Mailed package to Vermont Service Center via USPS overnight

[05/14, 2014]  - DAY 009  (day 0811) Received NOA1 (GC Extended for 1 year)

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[06/14, 2013] - DAY 001 Mailed package to Chicago Lockbox via USPS overnight
[11/21, 2013] - Day 153 SSN and 10-year GC in hand

[08/10, 2018] - Naturalization (N-400) 90-day window for daughter opens



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Congratulations:congratulations:Congratulations. Please can u clarify what and what evidence u went with, mine interview is coming up tomorrow morning please I will appreciate if u can do that, thanks and once more congratulations.

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The only reason to get a 10-year rather than a 2-year is if you were married for 2 or more years before your approval. If you have not been married at least 2 years, and you get a 10-year card, you should call USCIS - I have only heard of one instance of this happening, but you are still responsible for removing conditions after 2 years even though it was a mistake on their end.

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