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Travelling to and from Canada with Green Card

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Yesterday I travelled to Buffalo, NY via Canada (road) and used my 2-year green card and UK passport at both the Canadian and US POE's. All was fine until the way back when I handed my passport and green card to the US border officer at Port Huron. He asked why I had handed him two documents and whether I was entering the US as a UK or a US citizen (yes, he really said that). I said I was entering as a permanent resident and as I am not a US citizen, that is the reason why I produced my (current valid) UK passport. He then asked where I lived and I replied that my husband and I are stationed in Germany on government orders but were heading back to the US as we are currently on vacation for two weeks and had been to Buffalo for the day to visit family (all true). He then demanded that I produce what he called a 'travel document' (his words, not mine) and proceeded to tell me that he would have to check a supervisor as to whether to let me back to the US because I was currently residing in Germany (he wasn't buying the government orders/army thing at all) and was not carrying one of these so called travel documents. He would not stop going on about it and was adamant that I needed one. He eventually let us in but not without a snarky comment.

My questions are can I actually gain entry back into the US by road using just my green card? And can anyone shed any light on the 'travel document' the officer was referring to? My ROC window doesn't open until March 2017. I travelled to Buffalo twice last summer via Canada using my green card and UK passport and I experienced no problems.


I'm from the UK, hubby is from Michigan and is a retired US Army Officer.   We are currently stationed overseas.

Here is our immigration journey so far....

10.26.13 - Our wedding in Scotland 

11.26.14 - Filed I-130 at US Consulate, Frankfurt (DCF)

11.18.14 - Returned to Scotland to renew our vows for our first wedding anniversary

01.08.15 - NOA2 received in snail mail, together with case number and Packet 3 instructions

02.15.15 - Submitted Packet 3

02.17.15 - Packet 4 received by email with instructions to schedule medical and interview

02.18.15 - Email authorisation received from Consulate to gain access to appointment calendar

03.03.15 - Medical

03.18.15 - Interview - Approved

03.21.15 - Visa in hand

06.10.15 - POE Chicago (final destination Detroit)

07.20.15 - Received SSN in mail

07.27.15 - Received 2 year green card in mail

The journey to ROC starts here...!

10.05.15 - Returned to Germany on government orders

05.25.17 - Mailed ROC package to California Service Centre

06.14.17 - Received NOA 1 (dated 05.30.17) in mail

09.05.18 - Received a second NOA (dated 08.11.18) in mail granting a further six months extension to green card due to 'processing delays'

11.26.18 - ROC - Approved

12.05.18 - Approval Notice I-797 received in mail

12.18.18 - 10 year green card received in mail

 

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For travel document, the closest I can come up with is he could've been (mistakenly) referring to a re-entry permit as you currently live in Germany as GC holder.

In response to your question, I always advise to travel with both a Green Card and your passport; however, only the green card is required to enter the US. See the rule here .


USCIS

January 16, 2015 I-130 Mailed, Chi lockbox January 20, 2015 Priority Date, January 21, 2015 NOA1 notice date, Assigned VSC, January 23, 2015 Check Cashed, electronically March 5, 2015 NOA2

NVC

March 27, 2015 NVC received April 6, 2015 Case#, IIN# assigned April 8, 2015 Paid AOS + IV fee Invoices May 5, 2015 AOS + IV package submitted May 11, 2015 Scan Date

June 11, 2015 DS-260 submitted June 25, 2015 False checklist (for ds260).. hello? June 30, 2015 Answered checklist Aug 5, 2015 Escalated to Supervisor review Aug 13, 2015 Case Complete

Consular

Sept 10, 2015 Interview Scheduled Sept 11, 2015 P4 Letter received Sept 21, 2015 file In transit from NVC Sept 23, 2015 file at Embassy

Sept 28, 2015 Medical Oct 14, 2015 Biometrics Oct 15, 2015 Interview (Approved) Oct 19, 2015 IV visa Issued Oct 23, 2015 Passport Pickup

POE

Nov 2, 2015 Entered the US Nov 16, 2015 Applied for SSN, walk-in Nov 20, 2015 Social Security Card recd Jan 15, 2016 GC received

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For travel document, the closest I can come up with is he could've been (mistakenly) referring to a re-entry permit as you currently live in Germany as GC holder.

In response to your question, I always advise to travel with both a Green Card and your passport; however, only the green card is required to enter the US. See the rule here .

Thanks for the link.

Good point about the re-entry permit, I hadn't thought of that, but now you mention it, it makes sense.


I'm from the UK, hubby is from Michigan and is a retired US Army Officer.   We are currently stationed overseas.

Here is our immigration journey so far....

10.26.13 - Our wedding in Scotland 

11.26.14 - Filed I-130 at US Consulate, Frankfurt (DCF)

11.18.14 - Returned to Scotland to renew our vows for our first wedding anniversary

01.08.15 - NOA2 received in snail mail, together with case number and Packet 3 instructions

02.15.15 - Submitted Packet 3

02.17.15 - Packet 4 received by email with instructions to schedule medical and interview

02.18.15 - Email authorisation received from Consulate to gain access to appointment calendar

03.03.15 - Medical

03.18.15 - Interview - Approved

03.21.15 - Visa in hand

06.10.15 - POE Chicago (final destination Detroit)

07.20.15 - Received SSN in mail

07.27.15 - Received 2 year green card in mail

The journey to ROC starts here...!

10.05.15 - Returned to Germany on government orders

05.25.17 - Mailed ROC package to California Service Centre

06.14.17 - Received NOA 1 (dated 05.30.17) in mail

09.05.18 - Received a second NOA (dated 08.11.18) in mail granting a further six months extension to green card due to 'processing delays'

11.26.18 - ROC - Approved

12.05.18 - Approval Notice I-797 received in mail

12.18.18 - 10 year green card received in mail

 

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