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Hi everyone,

I will be applying to remove conditions on my green card soon, and will need to travel outside the U.S. after the green card has expired, but likely before I get the new, 10 year one. The trip(s) will likely be only a few days at a time.

In reading this forum and the guide, it appears that such travel is not a problem, provided I take the I-751 receipt and expired green card with me, since the receipt states that my green card has been extended for a year.

I was chatting with someone today, and he suggested I should actually applying for advance parole prior to leaving, or at the very least make an infopass appointment to get relevant documentation. I found the advanced parole suggestion confusing (never heard of it in this situation), and the infopass appointment duplicative (I thought if you have an unexpired I-751 receipt, they won't stamp your passport with anything else).

Anyway - I wanted to check with folks who have done this before to make sure that I am not actually missing anything here. Would appreciate any confirmation or thoughts.


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you don't qualify for advance parole, advance parole is only used while waiting for interview for GC

you are ok, as long as you take the extension letter of 1 year and your expired GC, everyone removing conditions travels that way

the person that said that to you has no idea of removing of conditions

check the forum and they will tell you

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To clarify what an "extention letter" is, for the original poster:

When USCIS receives your removal of conditions package from you, they send a Notice of Action (NOA) letter. The first sentence of that letter reads "Your card has been extended for a year."

Using that NOA letter, you can travel abroad and back with your expired greencard. I have done it: both foreign and american immigration officers and airline staff seemed very familiar with that letter.

I've used the same NOA to renew my drivers license and they welcomed it too.

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Hi, since i applied and my visa expired, I've been coming and going to Tijuana with no problems. The first time i came back i thought they would send me to secondary inspection ( i cross by car or walking).Because of the Holidays i already went and came back a couple times and they don't ask me for anything, just the regular questions, where am i going? what was i doing in Tijuana? and if am bringing anything back from mexico.

I haven't travel by airplane since i filed for my extension so i don't know if it would be the same case.

Hope to be helpful.

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