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Studying Abroad while pending Adjustment of Status

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I am currently a college senior in the United States and I was hoping to study abroad soon, but I am not entirely sure what to do. I have not received my green card yet and I only had my biometrics done two weeks ago. To apply for a visa to go to another country (for study abroad) I would need either a permanent residency card or some way of showing I can re-enter the United States. I am not sure what my options are at the moment or if traveling abroad by September would be even possible at this point. Please, any tips or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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Based on your situation your study abroad program might not only be possible at the moment and also very inconvenient as well. First you're gonna need an advance parole document if you plan on leaving the U.S at any point now without a green card. Second the AP also carries a slight risk especially if you adjusted your status after being unlawfully present in the U.S for a while. Third the length of the study abroad program will also have to be factored in and will be inconvenient even if you travel on AP because you'll have to be back in the U.S shortly after again to attend your interview. (Unless your happened to have entered on K1 and had been notified by USCIS for an interview waiver). The study abroad will be more convenient when you get a green card as you can have temporary absences of less than 6 months with that status ( assuming your program will be). If more than 6 months, you can still apply for a re entry permit as a permanent resident to do it which will allow you to be out of the country for up to 2 years. Looking at the national backlog right now September might not make the cut to have your green card but you should get your AP by then.

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Adjustment of Status From F-1 Visa.

8/14/2014: Mailed AOS package: I-130, I-485, I-765.

8/18/2014: Accepted in Chicago. Transferred to Nebraska Service Center.

8/21/2014: Received NOA 1. I-130, I-485, I-765 in mail.

8/25/2014: Received biometrics in mail. Scheduled for 9/8/2014

9/8/2014: Went in for biometrics.

9/24/2014: EAD approved. 36 Days!

10/01/2014: EAD mailed.

10/03/2014: Received EAD card.

10/14/2014: I-485 moved to testing and interview.

1/28/2015: Interview scheduled for 3/4/2015.

1/31/2015: Received interview notice.

3/4/2015: Interview completed and APPROVED!

3/5/2015: Welcome notice mailed and I-130 Approved.

3/10/2015: Welcome notice and I-130 approval notice received.

3/12/2015: Green card mailed.

3/14/2015: Green card delivered.


Removal of Conditions: 

12/14/2016: Mailed I-751.

12/19/2016: NOA issued.

01/26/2017: Biometrics.

05/03/2018: I-751 transfered to NBC.



12/02/2017: Mailed N 400 to Phoenix, AZ Lockbox. (I-751 still pending)

12/05/2017: Package delivered in Phoenix, AZ. Transferred to Harrisonburg Processing Center.

12/07/2017: Notice of action issued. (IOE)

12/26/2017: Biometrics.







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