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Filed: Lift. Cond. (pnd) Country: Japan
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My wife's 2-year provisional Green Card expires on May 12, 2015. I understand that, 90 days before then (i.e. February 12, 2015), we should file her I-175 to get a 10-year Green Card for her, to replace her expiring one. She would really like to visit her sister back in Japan before mid-March, for a few weeks. I just want to confirm that this is okay. Elsewhere on this site I found the following information:

  • After you mail in your I-751, "You will receive a notice of receipt for the form stating that 'Your alien card is extended one year - employment and travel authorized'. Keep the receipt with your green card.". Also, it was written that "I-751 cases are generally completed in 6-12 months" and that an interview may or may not be required.

My interpretation of that is that, come February 12 2015, we can submit her I-175 and then, after some time, she will receive the "Your alien card is extended one year - employment and travel authorized'" form that will enable her to travel internationally, meaning that once she receives that she can visit her sister in Japan. Alternatively, what if she doesn't wait for that and goes to Japan anyway--as long as she's back before May 12 2015, that shouldn't be a problem, right? Finally, since the cases typically take 6-12 months, even if she does get called in for an interview, it is unlikely to happen before April, right?


IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Service Center : National Benefits Center
Consulate : Tokyo, Japan

UCIS
2012-10-10 : Marriage
2012-11-01 : I-130 Sent
2012-11-06 : I-130 NOA1 [i-797c]
2013-01-04 : I-130 NOA2 [i-797]

NVC
2013-01-30 : Received [DS-3032 | I-864 bill]
2013-01-31 : Sent [DS-3032 mailed | I-864 (AoS) bill paid]
2013-02-07 : Sent I-864 (AoS)
2013-02-13 : NVC acknowledged receipt of DS-3032
2013-02-14 : Received IV bill (DS-230)
2013-02-14 : Paid IV bill (DS-230)
2013-02-22 : NVC requests IV application (DS-230)
2013-02-22 : Sent IV (DS-230) application
2013-03-12 : NVC sends email [case complete]

EMBASSY
2013-04-08 : Interview scheduled [passed]
2013-04-09 : Visa issued [online notification]
2013-04-11 : Visa received (via mail)

2013-05-12 : Passed through U.S. immigration (LAX)

i-751 Removing Conditions

2015-03-09 : Sent i-751 application

2015-03-16 : Received NOA (i-797)

2015-04-14 : Received NOA (i-797c)

2015-05-01 : Biometrics appointment

2015-10-01 : Notice of Removal of Conditions, NOA(I-797)

2015-10-05 : New Green Card Received

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My wife's ROC was approved before her green card expired. The new card arrived about about a week after her old one expired. There is normally a biometrics appointment which she will need to show up for. Interviews are not common on ROC applications, only a small percentage seem to get them.

Ah the wonderful extension letter, which doesn't come on any type of NOA form, but came on a standard white piece of paper that anyone could type out and print at home. But people do re-enter with them with their expired green cards. Personally it would make me rather uncomfortable, but presumably CBP can look up her status in order to know the letter isn't a fake.


K1 from the Philippines
Arrival : 2011-09-08
Married : 2011-10-15
AOS
Date Card Received : 2012-07-13
EAD
Date Card Received : 2012-02-04

Sent ROC : 4-1-2014
Noa1 : 4-2-2014
Bio Complete : 4-18-2014
Approved : 6-24-2014

N-400 sent 2-13-2016
Bio Complete 3-14-2016
Interview
Oath Taking

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Filed: Other Country: China
Timeline

My wife's 2-year provisional Green Card expires on May 12, 2015. I understand that, 90 days before then (i.e. February 12, 2015), we should file her I-175 to get a 10-year Green Card for her, to replace her expiring one. She would really like to visit her sister back in Japan before mid-March, for a few weeks. I just want to confirm that this is okay. Elsewhere on this site I found the following information:

  • After you mail in your I-751, "You will receive a notice of receipt for the form stating that 'Your alien card is extended one year - employment and travel authorized'. Keep the receipt with your green card.". Also, it was written that "I-751 cases are generally completed in 6-12 months" and that an interview may or may not be required.

My interpretation of that is that, come February 12 2015, we can submit her I-175 and then, after some time, she will receive the "Your alien card is extended one year - employment and travel authorized'" form that will enable her to travel internationally, meaning that once she receives that she can visit her sister in Japan. Correct. Alternatively, what if she doesn't wait for that and goes to Japan anyway--as long as she's back before May 12 2015, that shouldn't be a problem, right? Correct. Finally, since the cases typically take 6-12 months, even if she does get called in for an interview, it is unlikely to happen before April, right? ​Her interview may not but her biometrics appointment might. However you can do a walk-in at most locals.

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Filed: Lift. Cond. (apr) Country: China
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My wife's ROC was approved before her green card expired. The new card arrived about about a week after her old one expired. There is normally a biometrics appointment which she will need to show up for. Interviews are not common on ROC applications, only a small percentage seem to get them.

Ah the wonderful extension letter, which doesn't come on any type of NOA form, but came on a standard white piece of paper that anyone could type out and print at home. But people do re-enter with them with their expired green cards. Personally it would make me rather uncomfortable, but presumably CBP can look up her status in order to know the letter isn't a fake.

Ah yes, those GC extension letters are an interesting USCIS vestige. My wife's GC extension notice was contained on the official letterhead I-797 NOA form. My stepson's GC extension notice was on a plain piece of paper with an illegible stamped signature.

OP: Either way should work for you, given your stated parameters.

Good luck on your immigration journey.


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Filed: Lift. Cond. (pnd) Country: Japan
Timeline

Thanks, everyone. I think we'll probably just file right away 90 days out and then have her take the trip in March, hoping that the biometric thing comes either before March or after March. A little risky, but I imagine if you get the notice to come in for biometrics that there isn't an imminent deadline on it, right?


IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Service Center : National Benefits Center
Consulate : Tokyo, Japan

UCIS
2012-10-10 : Marriage
2012-11-01 : I-130 Sent
2012-11-06 : I-130 NOA1 [i-797c]
2013-01-04 : I-130 NOA2 [i-797]

NVC
2013-01-30 : Received [DS-3032 | I-864 bill]
2013-01-31 : Sent [DS-3032 mailed | I-864 (AoS) bill paid]
2013-02-07 : Sent I-864 (AoS)
2013-02-13 : NVC acknowledged receipt of DS-3032
2013-02-14 : Received IV bill (DS-230)
2013-02-14 : Paid IV bill (DS-230)
2013-02-22 : NVC requests IV application (DS-230)
2013-02-22 : Sent IV (DS-230) application
2013-03-12 : NVC sends email [case complete]

EMBASSY
2013-04-08 : Interview scheduled [passed]
2013-04-09 : Visa issued [online notification]
2013-04-11 : Visa received (via mail)

2013-05-12 : Passed through U.S. immigration (LAX)

i-751 Removing Conditions

2015-03-09 : Sent i-751 application

2015-03-16 : Received NOA (i-797)

2015-04-14 : Received NOA (i-797c)

2015-05-01 : Biometrics appointment

2015-10-01 : Notice of Removal of Conditions, NOA(I-797)

2015-10-05 : New Green Card Received

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Thanks, everyone. I think we'll probably just file right away 90 days out and then have her take the trip in March, hoping that the biometric thing comes either before March or after March. A little risky, but I imagine if you get the notice to come in for biometrics that there isn't an imminent deadline on it, right?

There is a deadline, show early and get in, or go by the date. Failure to show can cause issues. Are you applying to California or Vermont? Currently California is very fast, and Vermont is very slow.


K1 from the Philippines
Arrival : 2011-09-08
Married : 2011-10-15
AOS
Date Card Received : 2012-07-13
EAD
Date Card Received : 2012-02-04

Sent ROC : 4-1-2014
Noa1 : 4-2-2014
Bio Complete : 4-18-2014
Approved : 6-24-2014

N-400 sent 2-13-2016
Bio Complete 3-14-2016
Interview
Oath Taking

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Filed: Lift. Cond. (pnd) Country: Japan
Timeline

Vermont, probably. We're on the East Coast.

Okay, I'll have her go in mid-January to mid-February instead, and then apply as soon as she gets back.


IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Service Center : National Benefits Center
Consulate : Tokyo, Japan

UCIS
2012-10-10 : Marriage
2012-11-01 : I-130 Sent
2012-11-06 : I-130 NOA1 [i-797c]
2013-01-04 : I-130 NOA2 [i-797]

NVC
2013-01-30 : Received [DS-3032 | I-864 bill]
2013-01-31 : Sent [DS-3032 mailed | I-864 (AoS) bill paid]
2013-02-07 : Sent I-864 (AoS)
2013-02-13 : NVC acknowledged receipt of DS-3032
2013-02-14 : Received IV bill (DS-230)
2013-02-14 : Paid IV bill (DS-230)
2013-02-22 : NVC requests IV application (DS-230)
2013-02-22 : Sent IV (DS-230) application
2013-03-12 : NVC sends email [case complete]

EMBASSY
2013-04-08 : Interview scheduled [passed]
2013-04-09 : Visa issued [online notification]
2013-04-11 : Visa received (via mail)

2013-05-12 : Passed through U.S. immigration (LAX)

i-751 Removing Conditions

2015-03-09 : Sent i-751 application

2015-03-16 : Received NOA (i-797)

2015-04-14 : Received NOA (i-797c)

2015-05-01 : Biometrics appointment

2015-10-01 : Notice of Removal of Conditions, NOA(I-797)

2015-10-05 : New Green Card Received

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