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Report: Traveling on AP while AOS from Tourist Visa (overstay)

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Hi folks,

I just wanted to report my own experience traveling outside the states with the Advance Parole in a combo card because I know there's too many people worried about traveling.

Background: I came with a Tourist visa and overstayed two or three weeks before sending papers to the USCIS. So it actually was overstay. I heard and read on the USCIS papers that problems are when you overstay for more than 6 months or 3 years.

I left the country the next day of receiving my EAD/AP because I couldn't wait no more and went away for three weeks. When I came back, in the airport of origin no questions were asked because I said I was visiting the US and they see I have a valid tourist visa so no more questions and I did not wanted to show my EAD anyway. But I does not matter.

I landed at Houston Intercontinental and I went on the visitors immigrations line and the CBP officer took my fingerprints and a picture then called a second officer to bring me to another office. There was a lot of people in different situations. They just kept my Passport and my EAD probably to verify the validity of the documents.

After an hour and a half another officer called me and asked: Who petitioned for you to get you in the US? which I answered: My spouse.

He said: You're good to go. Welcome back!

Advice: book your flights with more than 3 hours layover. I knew this and I had no problems taking next flight.

I saw my passport has a different stamp than the normal one which says PAROLED (for one year).

:D


---------------------------------- AOS ---------------------------------------------------------

February 28, 2015: AOS Packet Sent via FedEX to Chicago Lockbox: I-130, I-485, I-765, I-131.

DAY 19 - March 21, 2015: NOA for Biometrics Appointment scheduled on 04/01/2015

DAY 77 - May 19, 2015: EAD and AP has been approved "We ordered your new card"

DAY 84 - May 26, 2015: We mailed your EAD to the address you gave us/USPS picked up the Card

DAY 85 - May 27, 2015: Interview Scheduled for June 29, 2015.

** May 29: Traveled with my AP back to my country and came back three weeks after with no problems Click here to ready the report **

DAY 117 - June 29, 2015: Had our interview. Approved on the spot.

DAY 124 - July 6, 2015: Welcome noticed received.

DAY 134 - July 16, 2015: Green Card delivered to my home by USPS - END OF AOS -

---------------------------------- ROC ---------------------------------------------------------

DAY 1 - April 7, 2017: Sent I-751 to CSC

 

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That's good news. Thanks for the report.


06-04-2007 = TSC stamps postal return-receipt for I-129f.

06-11-2007 = NOA1 date (unknown to me).

07-20-2007 = Phoned Immigration Officer; got WAC#; where's NOA1?

09-25-2007 = Touch (first-ever).

09-28-2007 = NOA1, 23 days after their 45-day promise to send it (grrrr).

10-20 & 11-14-2007 = Phoned ImmOffs; "still pending."

12-11-2007 = 180 days; file is "between workstations, may be early Jan."; touches 12/11 & 12/12.

12-18-2007 = Call; file is with Division 9 ofcr. (bckgrnd check); e-prompt to shake it; touch.

12-19-2007 = NOA2 by e-mail & web, dated 12-18-07 (187 days; 201 per VJ); in mail 12/24/07.

01-09-2008 = File from USCIS to NVC, 1-4-08; NVC creates file, 1/15/08; to consulate 1/16/08.

01-23-2008 = Consulate gets file; outdated Packet 4 mailed to fiancee 1/27/08; rec'd 3/3/08.

04-29-2008 = Fiancee's 4-min. consular interview, 8:30 a.m.; much evidence brought but not allowed to be presented (consul: "More proof! Second interview! Bring your fiance!").

05-05-2008 = Infuriating $12 call to non-English-speaking consulate appointment-setter.

05-06-2008 = Better $12 call to English-speaker; "joint" interview date 6/30/08 (my selection).

06-30-2008 = Stokes Interrogations w/Ecuadorian (not USC); "wait 2 weeks; we'll mail her."

07-2008 = Daily calls to DOS: "currently processing"; 8/05 = Phoned consulate, got Section Chief; wrote him.

08-07-08 = E-mail from consulate, promising to issue visa "as soon as we get her passport" (on 8/12, per DHL).

08-27-08 = Phoned consulate (they "couldn't find" our file); visa DHL'd 8/28; in hand 9/1; through POE on 10/9 with NO hassles(!).

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I overstayed my visa waiver for over ten years and I traveled to visit my husbands country in Guatemala in sept 2015 and return in SFO and show my EAD/AP combo card. He took my fingerprints and my photo and I was told to go to the secondary room. Gave my NZ passport with my EAD/AP card and my California ID card. Waited for 30mins and he called my name n he just stamped my passport and that's it. No questions asked. In October I got my greencard.

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