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Traveling with I-551 from Pakistan

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Filed: F-2A Visa Country: Pakistan
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Hi,

I am a new member but having been following this awesome site since I found it :)

About my immigration journey: I entered US once again on an SB1 visa in May 2014. At the POE, the immigration officer said she cant give me old green card back and I would have to wait for a new one. I waited one month, I asked a few lawyers and they all said to wait. After a month of waiting when I called USCIS, I was told that they cant do anything until 45 dsys have passed since I arrived. After 45 days and more waiting , I was told that I had to fill the I-90. I sent out I-90 in July 2014, had my biometrics in early August.

I had to travel to Pakistan, but my green card still hasnt arrived at my US address. My question is if anyone ever traveled from Pakistan with the immigrant visa with I-551 endorsement validity of 1 year? Did they have issues at tbe airport? I am worried because at times the airline staff isn't aware of such things.

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Pakistan
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do you really have to go back? Getting an SB-1 visa is so hard, why risk loosing your status?



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Interview: September 5, 2014 Second Interview:

July 1, 2015

Result: Administrative Processing Result: Still administrative processing

July 9, 2015 (senator reply)

mailed documents to embassy september 8 2014 August 4, 2015 (senator reply)

August 13, 2015

August 19 2015

updates: mailed documents to embassy September 1, 2015

September 4, 2015

12 september 2014 September 8 2015 (expiring soon)

16 september 2014 september 9 2015

26 november 2014 september 10 2015 (changed back to AP) received email for medical/ds260 submission

8 december2014 september 12, 2015

6 february 2015 september 17 2015 (email from embassy)

9 february 2015 Submitted medical/ds260 september 18 2015

10 february 2015 september 23, 2015

11 february 2015 september 30 2015 (documents received)

13 february 2015 October 1, 2015

25 february 2015 (senator email) October 6 2015 (call from embassy for fingerprints)

9 march 2015 (senator email) October 7 2015

16 march 2015 october 13 2015

17 march 2015 (call from embassy to submit additional evidence) October 14 2015 ISSUED :dancing:

26 march 2015 (reply to email ) Visa in Hand: October 17 2015

6 april 2015 (documents acknowledged)

9 april 2015

21 may 2015

16 june 2015

17 june 2015

18 june 2015

20 june 2015

24 june 2015

26 june 2015 (call from embassy, second interview call)

1 july 2015



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Filed: F-2A Visa Country: Pakistan
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Actually I am already in Pakistan. I know how hard the sb1 process is, especially with US embassy in Islamabad, where they kept on making mistakes and not having of record of what I submitted.

It might not have been so wise to travel but I did, and now am really worried about my return to US.

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I know, my grandmother just went recently to apply for an SB-1 visa, and they denied her, they did the same as you mention, they werent keeping a record of anything she would submit such as receipts and all that, she had to keep reminding them, did they take your first green card?

You should have asked a lawyer before departing the US. , Pray that the port of entry officer is not to mean or that they let you leave from Pakistan,



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Ek shaam ati hai teri yaad le kar, Ek sham jati hai teri yaad le kar, Muje us sham ka intezar hai jo aye tumain apne sath le kar...




Interview: September 5, 2014 Second Interview:

July 1, 2015

Result: Administrative Processing Result: Still administrative processing

July 9, 2015 (senator reply)

mailed documents to embassy september 8 2014 August 4, 2015 (senator reply)

August 13, 2015

August 19 2015

updates: mailed documents to embassy September 1, 2015

September 4, 2015

12 september 2014 September 8 2015 (expiring soon)

16 september 2014 september 9 2015

26 november 2014 september 10 2015 (changed back to AP) received email for medical/ds260 submission

8 december2014 september 12, 2015

6 february 2015 september 17 2015 (email from embassy)

9 february 2015 Submitted medical/ds260 september 18 2015

10 february 2015 september 23, 2015

11 february 2015 september 30 2015 (documents received)

13 february 2015 October 1, 2015

25 february 2015 (senator email) October 6 2015 (call from embassy for fingerprints)

9 march 2015 (senator email) October 7 2015

16 march 2015 october 13 2015

17 march 2015 (call from embassy to submit additional evidence) October 14 2015 ISSUED :dancing:

26 march 2015 (reply to email ) Visa in Hand: October 17 2015

6 april 2015 (documents acknowledged)

9 april 2015

21 may 2015

16 june 2015

17 june 2015

18 june 2015

20 june 2015

24 june 2015

26 june 2015 (call from embassy, second interview call)

1 july 2015



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Filed: F-2A Visa Country: Pakistan
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The CO (american)who interviewed me for my SB1 was really nice and understood my situation. The pre-interview was done by a pakistani, who discouraged me to go ahead with my application and kept of saying how white counselors were strict! I had to give in my first green card at the embassy and the envelope that I submitted at the POE had it. The officer was really strict and said I would have to wait for a new card in the mail.

I asked my lawyer and he said I could travel so long as I didnt stay out for 6 months and I had the stamp in my passport.

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The stamp is equivalent to a physical green card, so long as it's valid. Just don't stay in Pakistan too long.


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