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My wife and I just returned from international travel using her AP/EAD combo card and I thought it may help others if we share our experience. We traveled from Colombia to Miami and, as expected, my wife was pulled aside for secondary inspection. I was allowed to accompany her to the waiting room. The agents already had my wife's passport but returned her AP/EAD combo card. She was told to present the AP/EAD combo card to the agent in the secondary inspection waiting area when called.  We waited for about 10 minutes before my wife's name was called. The agent asked to see her combo card and then returned her passport. We were then told that we were free to go. After leaving the secondary inspection area, we saw that the agent had stapled an AP document to my wife's passport, and that there was an AP stamp on one page of her passport as well. The whole experience was stressful, but uneventful. 


Question: why did they staple an AP document to my wife's passport and also place an AP stamp on one page? Will these stamps make future travel even easier?



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Hi I don't recall receiving a document they stapled into the passport. I traveled through Atlanta coming from Nicaragua in August and they put a stamp in my passport which stated that I was paroled in. Being pulled into secondary inspection is normal for Advance Parole and it might still happen on a Green Card as well. Thank you for sharing your experience :) 


2017-07-05 Filed
2017-07-22 Received package back for wrong payment amount
2017-07-24 Sent package back with correct payment amount
2017-07-27 Received by USCIS
2017-08-01 NOA letter dated
2017-08-07 NOA received 
2017-08-11 Biometrics letter received
2017-08-21 RFIE case updated 
2017-08-23 Biometrics appointment 
2017-08-25 RFIE letter received 
2017-08-26 RFIE response sent 
2017-08-30 RFE response received by USCIS 
2017-10-26 Combo Card ordered 
2017-10-27 Case updated 
2017-10-30 Received approval letters for EAD & AP 
2017-10-31 Combo Card was mailed 
2017-11-01 Case updated 
2017-11-02 Received Combo Card 
2018-06-14 Filed Renewal EAD/AP 
2018-06-29 Received NOA with EAD 180-day extension 
2018-07-06 Received letter from USCIS stating biometrics will be reused 
2018-10-09 Interview was scheduled 
2018-11-13 Interview date, rescheduled 
2018-12-13 New Interview date, Approved
2018-12-17 Received approval letter for I-130
2019-01-02 Green Card ordered, case updated
2019-01-07 Infopass: I-551 stamp in passport
2019-01-07 Received approval letter for I-485 
2019-01-07 Green Card was mailed
2019-01-08 Case updated "We mailed your new card your Form I-485"
2019-01-08 Case updated "Card Was Picked Up By The United States Postal Service" including tracking number
2019-01-09 Received Green Card

Total Day count: 553


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