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Hi , 

I am a newbie for the October 2016 filers.

Can somebody please add my information :-

Filing date : 1st Oct 2016

Package received by USCIS : 5th of Oct 2016

BIometrics : 9th of December 2016

NOA : 5th of October 2016 (Letter of extension)

Filing office : CSC


Question : For those who have successfully got their I-551 stamp on their foreign passport , do we have to surrender the 2 year conditional Green Card and the I-797 NOA extension letter to USCIS?

I have to travel back to my home country and I am concern that without the physical Green Card, I will not be able to board the flight. The I-551 stamp is not sufficient prove of LPR status for my home country. I have already contacted the airlines.

I am making an infopass appointment in Illinois, Chicago office.

Thank you very much

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The Malaysian immigration does not care about your American LPR status. When you're entering Malaysia, you will enter with your Malaysian passport as a Malaysian citizen and that is more than sufficient. The GC, extension letter and/or I-551 stamp are only important to the CBP at US POE when you are attempting to re-enter the US upon your overseas travels.


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1 March 2018 (Thu): FedEx 2-Day 10.30 AM to Chicago, IL.
5 March 2017 (Fri): Delivered to Chicago, IL. <Signed for by: J. Chyba>
10 March 2018 (Sat): NOA1 hardcopy's date.
12 March 2018 (Mon): Check cashed.
13 March 2018 (Tue): Received text and e-mail notifications.
16 March 2018 (Fri): NOA1 hardcopy via normal mail.

16 March 2018 (Fri):: Biometrics appointment letter's date.

22 March 2018 (Thu): Biometrics appointment letter via normal mail.

5 April 2018 (Thu): Biometrics appointment at 9.00 am.


AOS Updates Post-Biometrics

19 July 2018 (Thu): Text and email notifications stating that as of 17 July 2018, case is ready to be scheduled for an interview and a notice will follow.


EAD + AP Updates Post-Biometrics

6 August 2018 (Mon): NOA2 hardcopy's date.

6 August 2018 (Mon): Text and e-mail notifications received. New card is ordered and being produced.

9 August 2018 (Thu): Text and e-mail notifications received. Card is picked up by USPS.

10 August 2018 (Fri): NOA2 hardcopy via normal mail.

11 August 2018 (Sat): Combo card sent from Lee's Summit, MO via Priority Mail and no signature was required at delivery. Mailman dropped it in the mailbox like regular mails.

** Approved in 158 days **



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Thank you for your prompt response.

My apologies - I was not clear in my post - I am making reference to the point when I board my flight in Malaysia returning to the US. At the point of entry (Malaysian authorities) , the ticketing agent will check your LPR status to determine your boarding eligibility. Thus my concern of not having the physical green card , if the Infopass appointment requires me to surrender the NOA and the 2 year conditional green card , upon receiving the I-551 stamp


CBP will definitely have no issues with my I-551 stamp, if I do not have my physical green card and/or NOA letter available. I understand if the green card and/or NOA letter is surrendered to the USCIS , there will be a comment on the I-551 stamp that the GR has been returned to USCIS.


Thank you.

Edited by LRR

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