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Biometrics and Travel abroad during I-751 App.

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Filed: Lift. Cond. (pnd) Country: Japan
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Hi,

I got my NOA1, stating my GC had been extended a year,

and also just got NOA2 for biometrics app. on Oct 22nd.


The expiration date of my 2-year GC is mid December, so still got plenty of time.


In the middle of November, I and my husband are going to Japan for 15 days.


Q1: So, when I'm going to Japan next month, All I need to bring with me is my Passport, NOA1, my current valid GC, correct?

(No "INFOPASS" thing needed, right?)


Q2: At the biometrics app, do they do something on the passport or GC, like, put a stamp on that explains "1 year extension granted" ?

(Somebody was writing on her blog that her GC got a punch hole at her biometrics!! Seriously?)

They won't confiscate my valid GC, will they?



Q3: By the way, When exactly does my extended residency status expire??

Does my NOA1 mean that my current GC is still valid until the exp. date on it and after the exp. date, I still have 1 year? or...

Does it mean I have 1 more year from the date that USCIS received my I-751&documents, regardless of the exp. date on my current GC??


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1. Yes, the NOA1 is perfectly valid for employment and travel if the letter specifically says your GC is extended. Since your GC has been extended, it won't expire this December, but December 2015.

2. No. They will not confiscate your GC. What the blog is possibly referring to is this orange sticker that they put on the back of the GC that also extends it for one year. The whole punch is only to indicate when the sticker expires, it's not the actual GC that is whole punched.

3. Since your GC has been extended, it won't expire this December, but December 2015. The expiration date is whatever you get that is later. If the sticker you get at biometrics has a later date of expiration, you would go by that.


Technically both the sticker and the NOA1 should have December 2015 as expiration date. But if they don't whichever one is the later date is when the card will expire. In the off chance, but it does happen, that your ROC isn't approved in this time, you can always get another extension with INFOPASS. This time though, you will get an ADIT stamp, serves the same purpose.


This does not constitute legal advice.

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