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Hi guys. I'm a December 2016 Roc filler and it seems like I won't hear back from USICS a few months down the road. I would like to travel for a medical check up to my home country but my extension letter anniversary on 12th December. I read here and at CBP manual as well that 1 year extension of the status is from the expiration date of an actual card, not letter. In my case the card got expired on 01/28/17.

But I also read that even CBP officers are often unsure what to consider the expiration date - the letter or the card and I still have the old version of the extension letter where it's not specified when one year of extension is started. 

Honestly, I was thinking to avoid whole info pass and passport stamping process and just wait until my new card come after coming back from this possible trip, so traveling now when I still have a valid extension letter seems more reasonable. However, I'm a little worry that my travel is so close to the expiration date of the actual letter.. Do you guys think I would be fine traveling under these circumstances or it's better to wait it out and go through hussle of stamping later? 

In short;  

Possible travel dates : 18 November to 1st December 

Extention letter 1 year anniversary:  12 December 

Green card expiration date: 01/27/17

 

 

 

On the side note, if anyone interested, I traveled twice using this letter. First time admission took about 10 minutes, second time I was sent to secondary and spent there about 20 minutes and asked 2-3 simple questions.

 

really  appreciate your time. 

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I am fairly certain Border people know the extension is for one year from date on card.

This info has probably been sent out within last year to all officials concerned since it was an issue that was raised and led to the new wording on the letter.

 

But I also think it is not wise to travel on the extension letter this close to its expiration.

 

Think of unforseen delays in your  return, etc.


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Just go get a stamp now and eliminate the problem


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Early May 2015 : I-751 Joint filing package sent fedex next day 09:00am from UK ($lots - thanks). 
May 2015: Notice of receipt/1yr extension received, dated day of receipt. This was forwarded to me outside the US, and no issues re-entering multiple times.
June 2015: Biometrics completed - walk in / argument, stressing proof of imminent travel and multiple prior inconvenient appointments & reschedules.
May 2016: Vermont Service Centre updated to processing May 2015 cases, therefore my case is now classed as outside normal processing time
May 2016: Service request sent (whatever that is) after calling to find out why I am still waiting after 12 months. Unable to tell me anything.
May 2016: Letter received in response, stating processing is on hold due to 'pending security checks' with no other information. Not helpful.
May 2016: (7am) - Infopass appointment for I-551 Stamp in passport.  (8am) - Returned to USCIS office for another I-551 stamp after realizing the dumbass put the expiry stamp as 2015 not 2017. Two entire passport pages wasted. Cheers. 

Oct 2016: Infopass appointment (not at local office). USCIS have sent my file to an overseas office, in a country that neither myself or my spouse have ever resided in. It has sat there untouched for five months. Why? Who knows. Internal query requesting urgent clarification is sent by USCIS officer.  
Oct 2016: An identical 'pending security check'  letter received, addressing precisely none of my or the immigration officers legitimate queries. 
Nov 2016: Infopass appointment: My file is now back in the US and at my local office...no other updates or progress. 
Jan 2017: Notification that an interview has been scheduled at a local office. Bizarrely still no RFE... 
Jan 2017: 2hr wait, then interview terminated before it began, due to moving my ID to another state 2 wks prior. New interview 'in a few months...maybe.'       Informed them that divorce proceedings are underway, but not finalised at this time. 
March 2017: An Interview was scheduled - marked as no-show as they didn't actually send out a notification of interview. FML 
April  2017: Filed an official complaint with the ombudsman, and have requested Senator & Congressman assistance - enough is enough. 
May 2017: Yet another infopass. No updates, interview of further progress. Still no response from Congressperson, Senator, or Ombudsman received. 
June 2017: 68 days after contacting them, the Ombudsman finally contacted USCIS. 'It may take up to 60 days to receive a response'.   
July 2017:  A follow up enquiry sent by Ombudsman to USCIS after receiving no response or action after 45 days. I am Jack's complete lack of surprise. 
August 2017: 60 days has come and gone with no response from USCIS. Contacted the Ombudsman who will contact them AGAIN. 
August 2017: Email from Ombudsman - USCIS have scheduled an interview at the very end of August .  
August 2017: Interview - switched to a (finalised) divorce waiver. Told that decision will be made that afternoon, but no problems foreseen with my case. 
September 2017: Now 4 weeks since interview, my file has not moved from the officers desk, and no decision is showing when I call and speak to a Tier 2.  
September 2017: Request filed for Senator assistance (a different senator - maybe I will get a reply & assistance from this one?). 
October 2017: 37 days since interview....and no decision.  W, and indeed, TF is going on???? 
October 2017: Letter of Denial received - reason given as 'I-751 petition was not properly filed'. Discovered ex-spouse made false allegations to USCIS

I-751 #2 [Pending] 

October 2017: Within 72hrs of receiving denial notice, a new waiver I-751, divorce decree & $680 cheque, sent to Vermont via FedEx overnight 9am priority.  

October 2017: I-797C Receipt/extension letter received, dated day of receipt at VSC 

October 2017: Another I-551 stamp obtained at infopass appointment, as the extension letter is useless with a 2yr card that expired 2.5yrs ago! 

November 2017: Biometrics completed (early walk-in) 

2018: Re-entered US multiple times with second I-751 extension letter & stamp. Quick trip to secondary required to verify, and stamped in as normal

  

N-400 [Pending] 

February 2018: N-400 filed online.  $725 paid to the USCIS paperwork wastage fund

February 2018: Biometrics completed (walk-in)

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2 hours ago, Romerican423 said:

My wife and I were overseas tending to an ill family member for a few months. Her extension letter expired on Nov 2nd this year. We returned Oct 24th and had no issues whatsoever

Hi..the expired date Nov 2nd is for the date on green card or extension letter ?

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The green card. The one year extension letter expired the day that your green card expires


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19 hours ago, Leo7777 said:

I am fairly certain Border people know the extension is for one year from date on card.

This info has probably been sent out within last year to all officials concerned since it was an issue that was raised and led to the new wording on the letter.

 

But I also think it is not wise to travel on the extension letter this close to its expiration.

 

Think of unforseen delays in your  return, etc.

Thank you! You're right. Going to get a stamp just in case 

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9 hours ago, mindthegap said:

Just go get a stamp now and eliminate the problem

Thank you, do you think I can get a stamp by just walking in local office with a trip details printed? I don't see any available slot in the next 2 weeks

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9 hours ago, Romerican423 said:

My wife and I were overseas tending to an ill family member for a few months. Her extension letter expired on Nov 2nd this year. We returned Oct 24th and had no issues whatsoever

Thank you for sharing this information! 

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4 hours ago, Scazy said:

Thank you, do you think I can get a stamp by just walking in local office with a trip details printed? I don't see any available slot in the next 2 weeks

No. You have to make an InfoPass appointment at your local office - they won't accept a walk in. Go to this page: https://my.uscis.gov/appointment and if you have a busy office (which you'll know because there won't seem to ever be any appointments available) you need to check the page at 12:01am (which seems to be when they "open up" new appointments 2 weeks from the current date.


 

Is your timeline updated?


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Marriage: 2013-08-05                                   I-130 Sent: 2013-10-07                                                 I-130 NOA1: 2013-10-09                               

I-130 transferred to VSC: 2014-03-12        I-130 NOA2: 2014-03-24                                              NVC Received: 2014-04-07 

Case Number and IIN: 2014-05-05             Sent ENROLL email for EP: 2014-05-06                    Gave email addresses to NVC: 2014-05-08             

DS261 submitted: 2014-05-09                    AOS invoiced and paid: 2014-05-12                           DS261 re-submitted - GRRRR! 2014-05-21               

ENROLL conf. email: 2014-06-05               Submitted AOS documents:2014-06-08                    IV fee email received: 2014-06-23 

IV fee available and paid: 2014-06-24       DS260  submitted: 2014-06-26                                   Case Complete: 2014-07-31                                       

Interview: 2014-09-19 APPROVED!!!          Visa in Hand: 2014-09-24 (Loomis depot)                POE (Pac Hwy Crossing, BC) 2014-11-08 

SSN Card arrived (approx) 2014-11-26     Green Card arrived (approx) 2014-12-17 

Removal of Conditions - I-751:

I-751 Mailed (USPS) Aug 10, 2016             NOA: August 17, 2016 (received Aug 23)                  Biometrics Letter Sent: Sept 23, 2016

Biometrics Letter Rec'd: Sept 30, 2016     Walk-In Biometrics Oct 6, 2016                                    Infopass for I-551 stamp Aug 17, 2017   

Service Request: Dec 27, 2017                   SR Response: Jan 10, 2018 (no prediction)              Senator Inquiry: Jan 5, 2018

Senator Resp: Jan 8, 2018 (60 days)         Service Request 2: Mar 8 2018                                   Senator Inquiry 2: Mar 9 2018

SR 2 Response: Mar 12 (security checks) Senator Response 2: Mar 13, 2018                            Approval (via phone!): Mar 14, 2018

New Green Card Arrived: Mar 22, 2018

Naturalization - N-400: 

Submitted N-400 Online: Feb 4, 2018       Denied for Payment Failure: Feb 8, 2018                     Resubmitted N-400 Online Feb 8, 2018

NOA: Feb 8, 2018                                          Biometrics: Feb 26, 2018                                               In Line for Interview: ???????

Interview: Nov 2,2018                                  Oath: ?????????

 

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21 minutes ago, nightingalejules said:

No. You have to make an InfoPass appointment at your local office - they won't accept a walk in. Go to this page: https://my.uscis.gov/appointment and if you have a busy office (which you'll know because there won't seem to ever be any appointments available) you need to check the page at 12:01am (which seems to be when they "open up" new appointments 2 weeks from the current date.

So even in case of urgent travel and plane tickets there is no option to get a stamp that way? I was under impression I can based on someone else's story. 

Also, my letter dated 11 December, but my green card expiration is on 27 January, so technically I'm in extended status until 27 January - which is over 2 months away. Isn't it too early for a stamp then? Or they go by the date on extention letter in order to determine if it's time to get a stamp or not? Confused by this 

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It may have happened, but I've never heard of anyone successfully getting in without an appointment.


 

Is your timeline updated?


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Marriage: 2013-08-05                                   I-130 Sent: 2013-10-07                                                 I-130 NOA1: 2013-10-09                               

I-130 transferred to VSC: 2014-03-12        I-130 NOA2: 2014-03-24                                              NVC Received: 2014-04-07 

Case Number and IIN: 2014-05-05             Sent ENROLL email for EP: 2014-05-06                    Gave email addresses to NVC: 2014-05-08             

DS261 submitted: 2014-05-09                    AOS invoiced and paid: 2014-05-12                           DS261 re-submitted - GRRRR! 2014-05-21               

ENROLL conf. email: 2014-06-05               Submitted AOS documents:2014-06-08                    IV fee email received: 2014-06-23 

IV fee available and paid: 2014-06-24       DS260  submitted: 2014-06-26                                   Case Complete: 2014-07-31                                       

Interview: 2014-09-19 APPROVED!!!          Visa in Hand: 2014-09-24 (Loomis depot)                POE (Pac Hwy Crossing, BC) 2014-11-08 

SSN Card arrived (approx) 2014-11-26     Green Card arrived (approx) 2014-12-17 

Removal of Conditions - I-751:

I-751 Mailed (USPS) Aug 10, 2016             NOA: August 17, 2016 (received Aug 23)                  Biometrics Letter Sent: Sept 23, 2016

Biometrics Letter Rec'd: Sept 30, 2016     Walk-In Biometrics Oct 6, 2016                                    Infopass for I-551 stamp Aug 17, 2017   

Service Request: Dec 27, 2017                   SR Response: Jan 10, 2018 (no prediction)              Senator Inquiry: Jan 5, 2018

Senator Resp: Jan 8, 2018 (60 days)         Service Request 2: Mar 8 2018                                   Senator Inquiry 2: Mar 9 2018

SR 2 Response: Mar 12 (security checks) Senator Response 2: Mar 13, 2018                            Approval (via phone!): Mar 14, 2018

New Green Card Arrived: Mar 22, 2018

Naturalization - N-400: 

Submitted N-400 Online: Feb 4, 2018       Denied for Payment Failure: Feb 8, 2018                     Resubmitted N-400 Online Feb 8, 2018

NOA: Feb 8, 2018                                          Biometrics: Feb 26, 2018                                               In Line for Interview: ???????

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11 minutes ago, Scazy said:

So even in case of urgent travel and plane tickets there is no option to get a stamp that way? I was under impression I can based on someone else's story. 

Also, my letter dated 11 December, but my green card expiration is on 27 January, so technically I'm in extended status until 27 January - which is over 2 months away. Isn't it too early for a stamp then? Or they go by the date on extention letter in order to determine if it's time to get a stamp or not? Confused by this 

Actually I have heard of an emergency walk in.  It depends why you want the stamp  So if you lose your GC and are travelling shortly, you can do an emergency walk in. There are links here from people who have.


Removal of Conditions..  TICK TOCK, TICK TOCK

 

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GC  Conditional date:  05/26/2015

N400.  Application:      02/28/2018       

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Ok, I stand corrected. However, you don't really have an emergency. Your extension is valid until January, so getting the stamp is just for convenience. I guess it's worth a try, but you don't really need it, so they may send you away. 

Best of luck though... And if you do go, let us know how it goes!


 

Is your timeline updated?


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IR-1/CR-1 Visa:                            

Marriage: 2013-08-05                                   I-130 Sent: 2013-10-07                                                 I-130 NOA1: 2013-10-09                               

I-130 transferred to VSC: 2014-03-12        I-130 NOA2: 2014-03-24                                              NVC Received: 2014-04-07 

Case Number and IIN: 2014-05-05             Sent ENROLL email for EP: 2014-05-06                    Gave email addresses to NVC: 2014-05-08             

DS261 submitted: 2014-05-09                    AOS invoiced and paid: 2014-05-12                           DS261 re-submitted - GRRRR! 2014-05-21               

ENROLL conf. email: 2014-06-05               Submitted AOS documents:2014-06-08                    IV fee email received: 2014-06-23 

IV fee available and paid: 2014-06-24       DS260  submitted: 2014-06-26                                   Case Complete: 2014-07-31                                       

Interview: 2014-09-19 APPROVED!!!          Visa in Hand: 2014-09-24 (Loomis depot)                POE (Pac Hwy Crossing, BC) 2014-11-08 

SSN Card arrived (approx) 2014-11-26     Green Card arrived (approx) 2014-12-17 

Removal of Conditions - I-751:

I-751 Mailed (USPS) Aug 10, 2016             NOA: August 17, 2016 (received Aug 23)                  Biometrics Letter Sent: Sept 23, 2016

Biometrics Letter Rec'd: Sept 30, 2016     Walk-In Biometrics Oct 6, 2016                                    Infopass for I-551 stamp Aug 17, 2017   

Service Request: Dec 27, 2017                   SR Response: Jan 10, 2018 (no prediction)              Senator Inquiry: Jan 5, 2018

Senator Resp: Jan 8, 2018 (60 days)         Service Request 2: Mar 8 2018                                   Senator Inquiry 2: Mar 9 2018

SR 2 Response: Mar 12 (security checks) Senator Response 2: Mar 13, 2018                            Approval (via phone!): Mar 14, 2018

New Green Card Arrived: Mar 22, 2018

Naturalization - N-400: 

Submitted N-400 Online: Feb 4, 2018       Denied for Payment Failure: Feb 8, 2018                     Resubmitted N-400 Online Feb 8, 2018

NOA: Feb 8, 2018                                          Biometrics: Feb 26, 2018                                               In Line for Interview: ???????

Interview: Nov 2,2018                                  Oath: ?????????

 

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45 minutes ago, nightingalejules said:

Ok, I stand corrected. However, you don't really have an emergency. Your extension is valid until January, so getting the stamp is just for convenience. I guess it's worth a try, but you don't really need it, so they may send you away. 

Best of luck though... And if you do go, let us know how it goes!

So you think I'm good for traveling and returning back to US on 1 December ( 12 days prior the anniversary date on extention letter and a little over a month prior expiration date on my green card?) 

will definitely update the thread when sort this things out! 

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