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Long-term travel while ROC is pending

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Hi there!


I filed my ROC petition in November with the Vermont Service Center. I understand this will take a long time (11 months) :(


But my wife and I are now thinking of a 6 month long travel around the world later this year. If I leave before I have the "permanent" green card in hand will I have any problems? Especially:

  • Can I enter the US with my conditional green card + extension letter even if my permanent greencard is at home in my mailbox?
  • In the unlikely (?) case that I get an RFE, I can presumably just mail back the information to the USCIS. Or does it typically request an interview? If I get an RFE, at which time in the process should I expect to get it?
  • Any other issues with being out of the country long-term while my petition is adjudicated?



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Hi! Did you have any updates on your plans? I'm going to be in a similar boat (but traveling for 7 weeks only)...and returning just 9 days before the NOA extension letter expires.


Have all the same concerns as you!

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