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I am planning my one month trip for February 2019 to Europe. When i leave the US in February my passport will have 4 months left till it will expire. I know about the "6 month rule" and the first country i will land in would be France (which asks to have at least 3 months left till expiration).

My plan is while i am on this one month vacation in my home country, to renew my passport so i could come back to the US. Duh! 

Is this risky somehow? Sounds like a good plan to me. I might add that im a green card holder which is expired but i do have an extension letter. 

Thank u ,guys ! 

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