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OK - here's a question for those whose I-751 NOA extension date has come and gone, and who have gotten the I-551 stamp before your 10-year Green Card arrives. How far in advance of the 2-year Green Card Expiration Date do you think our local ACS (Albany, NY) will issue an I-551 stamp?  How far in advance did you get yours?



Two-year Green Card expires on 7/15/17

Flying to Australia on 5/29/17 for medical procedure


We're thinking of trying for an InfoPass appointment around 5/15/17.  So that's trying for an I-551 stamp two months before the card expires.  We are April 2016 Vermont filers, and I don't think we'll have the 10-year card by May 29th.  Do you think we should show them our airline tickets to help our case?


What do you guys think?


Sukie in NY




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Not really sure but I found this to get you started best of luck.


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I don't think it's actually codified anywhere as to how far in advance they will issue an I-551 stamp. 


I know I've read here of people obtaining an I-551 stamp immediately upon receiving the I-751 NoA on the basis that they were traveling to a country where airline ticket agents may have been unfamiliar with the expired green card+I-751 NoA combo, so they just removed that from the equation entirely. 


I don't think you'd have a problem obtaining a stamp on May, especially if you took airline tickets indicating imminent travel. 

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I dont know if it varies by office but I went two months before my green card expiration date to get the stamp and they did not give me the stamp.They told me it has to be within 30 days of expiration of green card. So then I went back and then they gave me. Maybe your case is different since you have booked tickets. My local info pass was in Baltimore,MD. 

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07/30/2015- Sent I-751 package

08/11/2015- Received I-751 notice extending my conditional resident status for one year

09/10/2015- Took Biometrics

03/10/2016- Called USCIS to ask about my case,they said no updates and I am within normal processing time

08/23/2016- Called again to ask,they still said within normal processing time,no updates

10/11/2016- Date my conditional green card expired(the one year extension),called again they said schedule InfoPass

11/6/2016- Went to InfoPass and got I-551 stamp extending my permanent residency for 1 year, was also told my case is now at local office

12/15/2016- Still waiting......................

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Got my extension stamp about a month in advance of the 2 year gc expiry date. I don't see any issue with asking for a stamp 2 months out, just be sure to have your case details ready should the officer ask for an explanation. I simply stated that my gc is expiring and I will be travelling yet the officer did not ask for my itinerary even though I had it printed out.

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My Wife did not need to get the I-551 stamp.  The I-751 NoA  letter  clearly states that the letter is good for travel for one year.  She has used her expired green card along with the letter (and her passport) for international travel.  If you do not have the letter I guess the passport stamp will work... or if your still waiting for the new 10 yr Green Card after the letter expires.  

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10/18/2016 - Biometrics appt

09/22/2016 - I-751 NOA 1 assigned

08/21/2017 - ROC approved.

09/06/2017 - Card production

09/08/2017 - Card mailed (USCIS website updated 9/11/2017)

09/12/2017 - Card arrived in mail

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