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Travelling on AP (my experince)

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I just want to share my experince traveling with AP (combo card, AOS pending)! I was able to take 2 weeks off work to visit home (Bangkok). Before leaving the States, I was super nervous and worried that I would have a hard time reentering. I prepared all my documents (notices, wedding certificate, etc.) and made sure i photocopied everything. I brought all that along with my combo card, ID and social security card with me.


Leaving the states was no problem. The way back was different. At the Thai airport, I had a hard time explaining to the ANA airlines check in lady what my combo card was and that I could enter America with it. She seemed super confused and called her supervisor over (who was equally as confused). After an hour and lots of explanation (I showed them the letter that came with the combo card) - I was able to check in.


Entering America was pretty much what I expected. My husband and I entered this express immigration line together (we had a connection) and the immigration officer looked at my card, took our customs paper and marked it with an "I" - which stands for secondary inspection I think.


We had to go into this room for a secondary inspection. I gave the immigration man in there our passports and my combo card. We unfortunately had to wait 3 hours (there was like 50 people in there and they go in order) for a 15 minute procedure. The man called my name, asked for a photo ID (gave him my MN one), and took a quick picture of me. That was it.


No questions asked about why I left the country. I didn't have to show anything else.


It helped having my husband with me the whole time :)


I was super nervous leaving the US and re entering so I just wanted to share this with everyone! I know every case is different but hopefully this helps ease peoples minds :)

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It's always easy leaving....it's the getting back in that can be tricky.


3 hours!  Goodness surprised you didn't miss your connecting flight!  Glad it all worked out for you.

Edited by LionessDeon

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Thanks for posting your experience.

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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My experience  traveling with ap while vawa and i485 is still pending left January 9 for my home land trinidad for 10 day came back 01/19/2017 came thru jfk wasn't ask anything after officer finger print me and took my picture  he took me to secondary inspection  I only stayed there about 15 minutes it was the most nerve wrecking 15 minutes of my life then the officer called my name and said u are good to go no question ask he stamp my passport that said I am parole until 2018 with aos my lawyer had told me not to worry but one can't be to sure with them but I had fun and was nice seeing my family again after 16 years am still taking it all in because it seemed so unreal to me......

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I traveled to Mexico and back to the USA in mid January with my EAD/AP card without any problems, not even secondary inspection. Given what has happened since I am a bit reluctant to travel again. Has anyone traveled out and back into the country in February and have had any problems getting back in?

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