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Long-time travelling when I got my Adjustment of Status/Greencard

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Hi there!

I have 3 really special questions to you guys. I´ll make it short.

Me (German) my wife (American) wanna travel through Europe this summer.We have married in Germany March 2014. I got my EAD this January (2015) and work now here in the States. My interview for the Adjustment of Status is on January 30th.

1. Question: When do I get an Approvement after the Interview? I know hard to guess, because every case is different...but worth a shot...maybe somebody similar is here :o)

2. Question: When I got the Approvement for the Adjustment of Status, how long is it valid?

3. Question: Can I/we travel as long as we want outside the US when I got the Adjustment of Status? We want to start a big hiking trip through a lot of Countries (mainly europe)...that´s why...

Everybody who can answer us these questions thank you a lot! Really appreciate it!

Tobi and Danie

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1) Every case is different; it may happen at the interview or it may happen after the interview.

2) Approval lasts forever, but it will depend on whether you've been married for at least two years on the day of approval as to whether you receive an unconditional ten year green card, or a two year conditional green card from which you will need to file to remove conditions before it expires.

3) No. An LPR can usually make short trips of up to six months without issue; overseas trips of between six and twelve months may require the alien to show that they have not abandoned their residency when they return (by showing federal tax returns, residence property taxes / rent, etc.); and trips of between one and two years would require the green card holder to apply for a re-entry permit before departing the US.


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AoS

Day 0 (4/23/12) Petitions mailed (I-360, I-485, I-765)
2 (4/25/12) Petitions delivered to Chicago Lockbox
11 (5/3/12) Received 3 paper NOAs
13 (5/5/12) Received biometrics appointment for 5/23
15 (5/7/12) Did an unpleasant walk-in biometrics in Fort Worth, TX
45 (6/7/12) Received email & text notification of an interview on 7/10
67 (6/29/12) EAD production ordered
77 (7/9/12) Received EAD
78 (7/10/12) Interview
100 (8/1/12) I-485 transferred to Vermont Service Centre
143 (9/13/12) Contacted DHS Ombudsman
268 (1/16/13) I-360, I-485 consolidated and transferred to Dallas
299 (2/16/13) Received second interview letter for 3/8
319 (3/8/13) Approved at interview
345 (4/3/13) I-360, I-485 formally approved; green card production ordered
353 (4/11/13) Received green card

 

Naturalisation

Day 0 (1/3/18) N-400 filed online

Day 6 (1/9/18) Walk-in biometrics in Fort Worth, TX

Day 341 (12/10/18) Interview was scheduled for 1/14/19

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