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Hello everyone.

Since my question is relate to this topic, I will leave the question here instead of making a new post.

After getting married I take care of the AOS, AP and EAD. I already get my card with the AP and EAD together. My AOS have a RFE.

I will go on vacations to my country for 10 days. When I come back the only thing I have to present is the security to get in the country again is the card and passport? Do I have to bring my marriage certificate too? Just walking on the street instead of using my passport I can now use the AP/EAD card as away to identify myself?


Removal of Conditions

09/13/18  I-751 Petition was send to USCIS Lockbox in Arizona

09/20/18  E-mail confirming case was accepted with receipt# (routed to the USCIS Nebraska Service Center)
09/20/18  Check cashed
10/20/18  NOA 1 Notice Date

10/27/18 NOA 1 Received

07/01/19  Bio-metrics 

07/25/19  Approval Letter

X/X/X ◄ Green Card Receive 

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Filed: Citizen (pnd) Country: Indonesia
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Hello everyone.

Since my question is relate to this topic, I will leave the question here instead of making a new post.

After getting married I take care of the AOS, AP and EAD. I already get my card with the AP and EAD together. My AOS have a RFE.

I will go on vacations to my country for 10 days. When I come back the only thing I have to present is the security to get in the country again is the card and passport? Do I have to bring my marriage certificate too? Just walking on the street instead of using my passport I can now use the AP/EAD card as away to identify myself?

Yes, when you return to the US, you just have to present your AP/EAD card and passport.

As for ID card, the problem is many Americans are not familiar with it. I wouldn't be surprised if bars/restaurants/stores wouldn't accept it as legit ID if you used it to show you were old enough to buy alcohol. So sure, you can use it as ID, but it might not be very useful for you. Passport and driver license much more useful.


Removing Conditions Timeline

Aug. 10, '17: Mailed in I-751

Aug. 21, '17: NOA1

October 23, '18: NOA2- approval

October 30, 18: 10-year GC received

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Hello everyone.

After getting married I take care of the AOS, AP and EAD. I already get my card with the AP and EAD together. My AOS have a RFE.

  • I will go on vacations to my country for 10 days. When I come back the only thing I have to present is the security to get in the country again is my Employment Authorization Card (I-512 Advance Parole) and passport?
  • Do I have to bring my marriage certificate too?
  • Just walking on the street instead of using my passport I can now use the AP/EAD card as a way to identify myself?

Removal of Conditions

09/13/18  I-751 Petition was send to USCIS Lockbox in Arizona

09/20/18  E-mail confirming case was accepted with receipt# (routed to the USCIS Nebraska Service Center)
09/20/18  Check cashed
10/20/18  NOA 1 Notice Date

10/27/18 NOA 1 Received

07/01/19  Bio-metrics 

07/25/19  Approval Letter

X/X/X ◄ Green Card Receive 

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Ecuador
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Are you sure that you satisfied the RFE for your AOS? If they deny your AOS, your EAD & AP become invalid.

Yes, present your combination card with passport.

You might not "need" your marriage certificate, but I strongly recommend that you carry it until you get your green card.

In regard to identification, it depends on who stops you, and where, and why. The "stop & identify" statutes for each U.S. state differ, and the issue is complex. I'm supplying a couple of links below. If you're merely asking about supplying identification when (for example) you're making a credit-card purchase in a store, either your passport or your card should suffice.


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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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Ecuador
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*** A post + reply in someone else's thread were split from that thread and merged with a standalone thread on the same issue. ***


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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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Russia
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Per your question regarding your marriage certificate, it is always prudent to keep a copy of the certificate with you when traveling. Also, since you have the combo card, I would look into getting a state ID/drivers license. As already stated, this is a more recognized form of ID when you need it to verify your age, or ID when using a credit card, etc.

Good Luck!


Visa Received : 2014-04-04 (K1 - see timeline for details)

US Entry : 2014-09-12

POE: Detroit

Marriage : 2014-09-27

I-765 Approved: 2015-01-09

I-485 Interview: 2015-03-11

I-485 Approved: 2015-03-13

Green Card Received: 2015-03-24 Yeah!!!

I-751 ROC Submitted: 2016-12-20

I-751 NOA Received:  2016-12-29

I-751 Biometrics Appt.:  2017-01-26

I-751 Interview:  2018-04-10

I-751 Approved:  2018-05-04

N400 Filed:  2018-01-13

N400 Biometrics:  2018-02-22

N400 Interview:  2018-04-10

N400 Approved:  2018-04-10

Oath Ceremony:  2018-06-11 - DONE!!!!!!!

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Thanks everyone for the replies.


Removal of Conditions

09/13/18  I-751 Petition was send to USCIS Lockbox in Arizona

09/20/18  E-mail confirming case was accepted with receipt# (routed to the USCIS Nebraska Service Center)
09/20/18  Check cashed
10/20/18  NOA 1 Notice Date

10/27/18 NOA 1 Received

07/01/19  Bio-metrics 

07/25/19  Approval Letter

X/X/X ◄ Green Card Receive 

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