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AP expiring, renewal sent but too late to travel?

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I have an EAD/AP combo card which was issued on 12/17/17.  I have applied for a renewal and I have a received date of 07/13 for my AP and of 08/01 for my EAD (I had to resubmit).

My PD dates on my receipts are 08/01 for my AP and 08/13 for my EAD.  I have received my letter with the six month extension for my EAD but there is no automatic extension for my AP.

I am currently waiting for my Green Card interview (since AOS submitted September 2017).


I have a trip home booked to see my family - flying out on 12/22 and looking at current processing times for the EAD/AP I am now really worried that I won't be able to go.  I thought my GC interview would be Oct/Nov - but now it could be next year.  I renewed five months ahead of expiry to be sure that I would be safe - but that's not looking likely either now.  I haven't left the state since I arrived on 07/03/17 because of EAD/AP/money - and now I am working and have PTO booked and I am terrified I won't get my AP in time.


Any suggestions?


Thank you in advance!

11/07/16    I-129F mailed to Dallas lockbox
11/09/16    i-129F received date

11/14/16    NOA1 Date on Hard Copy Notice
11/15/16    NOA1 Text and Email. Case sent to CSC
11/18/16    NOA1 Hard Copy Received

01/30/17....NOA2 approved - as per USCIS status update
02/07/17....NOA2 Hard Copy Received

02/15/17    NVC assigned case number

02/16/17  NVC case number received (by phone - scheduled medical)

02/17/17  NVC despatched case to London (In Transit)

02/21/17 Case arrived in London

02/22/17 Status updated to 'Ready'

03/03/17 Letter received from Embassy

03/06/17  Medical (London)

03/17/17  Interview Date (approved)

03/20/17 CEAC status changed to Non-immigrant - Administrative Processing

03/21/17 CEAC status changed to ISSUED

03/24/17 VISA IN HAND

07/03/17 POE Toronto (preclearance)/Minneapolis

08/26/17 MARRIED

09/13/2017 Mailed AOSpackage

09/15/2017 USCIS received package

09/19/2017 Email and text notification of receipt and case #s

10/12/2017 Biometrics appointment

10/18/2017 status changed to 'ready to be scheduled for interview'

12/07/2017 raised SR online for EAD

12/18/2017 posted form to Senator to enquire about EAD

12/18/2017 EAD and AP approved

12/23/2017 NOAs received for EAD and AP

12/27/2017 Combo card received

early July - sent renewal forms for EAD and AP

07/13 EAD and AP renewal pack received at Chicago lockbox

0801 PD date for AP - EAD renewal rejected for being on old form

0801 EAD renewal received at Chicago lockabox

0808 EAD PD date - 180 day extension letter sent 0813

10/31 called USCIS to request to expedite AP

11/01/18 Received email from USCIS with expedite instructions     11/14 Faxed evidence requested   12/06 Raised Service Request

01/09/19 AOS Interview 8.45am     01/09/19 APPROVED 5pm

01/15/19 Green Card Received


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It's cutting it really close. The processing time is 4-6 months. You only calculated 4 months. Also what if you get an interview while you're out of the country? 


2011-10-31 US Entry with CR1
2013-09-02 ROC filed
2013-09-12 NOA
2013-03-05 Biometrics
2013-03-24 Approved
2013-05-05 Green card received
2016-08-02 N400 filed
2016-08-12 NOA
2016-12-08 Biometrics
2017-05-04 Interview
2017-07-05 Oath Ceremony


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