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Expired green card- travel to UK.

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I have been looking around but seem to be getting conflicting pieces of information and though posting my specific details may help me get an answer.

My husband (A UK citizen currently living in the us with me) has his 2 year temp greencard which has expired in march, we got a letter saying that this has been extended for up to a year while we are filing for the new permanent one. He has been for his biometrics appointment in march aswell. So all is going well so far, we are just waiting for an interview appointment I guess as the last step.

That out of the way. MY question is about his ability to travel. We would like to visit the UK for a week or so as he hasn't visited his family in a couple of years now. I am unsure on if he would be allowed to travel without voiding any application and what, if any paperwork might need to be done and if the greencard being expired (although his residency is fine) would cause problems.

Thanks for any help and I'm sorry if this is common knowledge or commonly asked. I just wanted to make sure.

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I would recommend he get the I-551 stamp in his passport. You can schedule an infopass appointment (https://infopass.uscis.gov/) the officer will issue him a stamp extending his green card for one year. Make sure to bring the receipt notice (letter that says its extended) and all other documents.


When you travel, just make sure to take along the receipt notice that extends his green card as well so you can show it to immigration at the airport.

Edited by tasakchy

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An I-551 stamp is not required since the OP's husband has their original green card and I-751 NOA / extension letter.

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