Jump to content
huggoboss82

Traveling on I-751 with waiver

14 posts in this topic

Recommended Posts

Hello everyone!

I traveled 2 times after receiving my 2 years card.

First time when I got to ORD POE they sent me to secondary and I waited there for 50 minutes. At the end they just handed me my passport and GC and I was free to go.

The second time, I got to the CBP officer and he started asking me all this questions (felt like it was another interview): if I'm still married? where my wife works? what she does for living? when is her birthday? when we got married?, etc.

After I answered all his questions, he stamped my passport and I was free to go.

The question is (just assuming, since I couldn't find the answer here):

If I'm divorced and I have my form I-751 filed with a waiver, but my GC is still valid, will that be an issue to enter, since they ask all this questions about my marriage?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
12 minutes ago, huggoboss82 said:

Hello everyone!

I traveled 2 times after receiving my 2 years card.

First time when I got to ORD POE they sent me to secondary and I waited there for 50 minutes. At the end they just handed me my passport and GC and I was free to go.

The second time, I got to the CBP officer and he started asking me all this questions (felt like it was another interview): if I'm still married? where my wife works? what she does for living? when is her birthday? when we got married?, etc.

After I answered all his questions, he stamped my passport and I was free to go.

The question is (just assuming, since I couldn't find the answer here):

If I'm divorced and I have my form I-751 filed with a waiver, but my GC is still valid, will that be an issue to enter, since they ask all this questions about my marriage?

there is a lot of reasons, why they pull you to secondary. Wont start a list of possible reasons; it's ok to travel with a valid GC, even if you are divorced.

 

From my experience: You can travel using GE (global entry) and by a miracle....all your problem with a CBP officer/immigration officer could disappear. I have not been sent to secondary ever since I got GE 


8/7/2017                    NOA-1

3/1/2018                    NOA-2

3/15/2018                  NVC case received

3/22/2018                  NVC case assigned

3/23/2018                  Consulate ready

4/11/2018                  Medical

4/17/2018                  Visa Approved

4/24/2018                  Visa on hand

5/23/2018                  Point of Entry ATL

5/24/2018                  Marriage license, officiant and certificate / applied for SS#

5/31/2018                  AOS/AP/EAD

6/7/2018                    email notification of NOA-1

6/11/2018                  NOA-1 hard copies for AOS/EAD/AP

6/27/2018                  Biometrics for AOS/EAD

7/7/2018                    ready to be scheduled for interview

7/11/2018                  We are still reviewing your case and there are no updates at this time (email from USCIS)

8/22/2018                  We are still reviewing your case and there are no updates at this time (same email again)

9/5/2018                     We are still reviewing your case and there are no updates at this time (this is getting boring!!!)

10/3/2018                  We are still reviewing your case and there are no updates at this time (this is insanity, 4th time while some got GC)

10/17/2018                After 136 days of wait in HELL, finally EAD in production

10/21/2018                Card was mailed to me, and yes it said so on a Sunday night, while Vj-ing

10/22/2018                Card was picked up by the USPS

10/24/2018                EAD in hand. F%^&& finally

12/28/2018                Interview has been scheduled. Waiting for notification with date by snail mail

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
13 minutes ago, Alabamak1 said:

there is a lot of reasons, why they pull you to secondary. Wont start a list of possible reasons; it's ok to travel with a valid GC, even if you are divorced.

 

From my experience: You can travel using GE (global entry) and by a miracle....all your problem with a CBP officer/immigration officer could disappear. I have not been sent to secondary ever since I got GE 

I don't think there's anyway to travel with GE and the extension letter.  I'd love to be corrected though.


I-130

May 14, 2016: Sent I-130 Package to Chicago Lockbox

May 18, 2016: Chicago Lockbox received package.

May 20, 2016: NOA1 Notice Date with priority date of May 18. Sent to Nebraska Service Center

May 23, 2016: NOA1 E-mail

Oct 21, 2016: NOA2 Notice by App

Nov 2, 2016: USCIS sent to NVC

 

NVC

Nov 8, 2016: NVC Received

Nov 16, 2016: Case Number Assigned

Nov 18, 2016: DS-261 submitted and AOS fee paid

Nov 23, 2016: IV Fee Invoiced and paid

Nov 30, 2016: IV and AOS Packages Sent (EP)

Dec 4, 2016: DS-260 Submitted

Dec 5, 2016: NVC Scan Date

Dec 6, 2016: NVC 3 N/A and Case Complete on Phone [1 day later!]

Dec 13, 2016: NVC CC e-mail

Dec 15, 2016: Found out interview date by phone

Jan 23, 2017: Interview...Approved!

 

Jan 30, 2017: POE Toronto Pearson Airport

 

Removing Conditions

Nov 2, 2018: Sent I-751 to Arizona Lockbox

Nov 7, 2018: Apparent receipt date (SMS notification on 11/9)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
3 minutes ago, AstroCanada said:

I don't think there's anyway to travel with GE and the extension letter.  I'd love to be corrected though.

if you have an extension letter, meaning your GC is expired, you won't qualify for GE. I assume you are already doing ROC right? 


8/7/2017                    NOA-1

3/1/2018                    NOA-2

3/15/2018                  NVC case received

3/22/2018                  NVC case assigned

3/23/2018                  Consulate ready

4/11/2018                  Medical

4/17/2018                  Visa Approved

4/24/2018                  Visa on hand

5/23/2018                  Point of Entry ATL

5/24/2018                  Marriage license, officiant and certificate / applied for SS#

5/31/2018                  AOS/AP/EAD

6/7/2018                    email notification of NOA-1

6/11/2018                  NOA-1 hard copies for AOS/EAD/AP

6/27/2018                  Biometrics for AOS/EAD

7/7/2018                    ready to be scheduled for interview

7/11/2018                  We are still reviewing your case and there are no updates at this time (email from USCIS)

8/22/2018                  We are still reviewing your case and there are no updates at this time (same email again)

9/5/2018                     We are still reviewing your case and there are no updates at this time (this is getting boring!!!)

10/3/2018                  We are still reviewing your case and there are no updates at this time (this is insanity, 4th time while some got GC)

10/17/2018                After 136 days of wait in HELL, finally EAD in production

10/21/2018                Card was mailed to me, and yes it said so on a Sunday night, while Vj-ing

10/22/2018                Card was picked up by the USPS

10/24/2018                EAD in hand. F%^&& finally

12/28/2018                Interview has been scheduled. Waiting for notification with date by snail mail

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
8 minutes ago, Alabamak1 said:

if you have an extension letter, meaning your GC is expired, you won't qualify for GE. I assume you are already doing ROC right? 

Yeah, my husband already has Nexus (which includes GE), but now that his green card is expired and we have the extension letter, I don't think the global entry machines will work for him anymore.


I-130

May 14, 2016: Sent I-130 Package to Chicago Lockbox

May 18, 2016: Chicago Lockbox received package.

May 20, 2016: NOA1 Notice Date with priority date of May 18. Sent to Nebraska Service Center

May 23, 2016: NOA1 E-mail

Oct 21, 2016: NOA2 Notice by App

Nov 2, 2016: USCIS sent to NVC

 

NVC

Nov 8, 2016: NVC Received

Nov 16, 2016: Case Number Assigned

Nov 18, 2016: DS-261 submitted and AOS fee paid

Nov 23, 2016: IV Fee Invoiced and paid

Nov 30, 2016: IV and AOS Packages Sent (EP)

Dec 4, 2016: DS-260 Submitted

Dec 5, 2016: NVC Scan Date

Dec 6, 2016: NVC 3 N/A and Case Complete on Phone [1 day later!]

Dec 13, 2016: NVC CC e-mail

Dec 15, 2016: Found out interview date by phone

Jan 23, 2017: Interview...Approved!

 

Jan 30, 2017: POE Toronto Pearson Airport

 

Removing Conditions

Nov 2, 2018: Sent I-751 to Arizona Lockbox

Nov 7, 2018: Apparent receipt date (SMS notification on 11/9)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Just now, AstroCanada said:

Yeah, my husband already has Nexus (which includes GE), but now that his green card is expired and we have the extension letter, I don't think the global entry machines will work for him anymore.

yeah, it wouldn't work because a human has to physically see the extension letter. What you can try to do is use the "mobile passport app" to accelerate your entry at POE. Those lines where last time I entered ATL way faster than regular immigration lines


8/7/2017                    NOA-1

3/1/2018                    NOA-2

3/15/2018                  NVC case received

3/22/2018                  NVC case assigned

3/23/2018                  Consulate ready

4/11/2018                  Medical

4/17/2018                  Visa Approved

4/24/2018                  Visa on hand

5/23/2018                  Point of Entry ATL

5/24/2018                  Marriage license, officiant and certificate / applied for SS#

5/31/2018                  AOS/AP/EAD

6/7/2018                    email notification of NOA-1

6/11/2018                  NOA-1 hard copies for AOS/EAD/AP

6/27/2018                  Biometrics for AOS/EAD

7/7/2018                    ready to be scheduled for interview

7/11/2018                  We are still reviewing your case and there are no updates at this time (email from USCIS)

8/22/2018                  We are still reviewing your case and there are no updates at this time (same email again)

9/5/2018                     We are still reviewing your case and there are no updates at this time (this is getting boring!!!)

10/3/2018                  We are still reviewing your case and there are no updates at this time (this is insanity, 4th time while some got GC)

10/17/2018                After 136 days of wait in HELL, finally EAD in production

10/21/2018                Card was mailed to me, and yes it said so on a Sunday night, while Vj-ing

10/22/2018                Card was picked up by the USPS

10/24/2018                EAD in hand. F%^&& finally

12/28/2018                Interview has been scheduled. Waiting for notification with date by snail mail

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
16 hours ago, Alabamak1 said:

there is a lot of reasons, why they pull you to secondary. Wont start a list of possible reasons; it's ok to travel with a valid GC, even if you are divorced.

 

From my experience: You can travel using GE (global entry) and by a miracle....all your problem with a CBP officer/immigration officer could disappear. I have not been sent to secondary ever since I got GE 

The first time the CBP officer said that they need more time to process me, so they send me to the room.

Maybe because that was my first time entering with new GC and it was my first travel in many years.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
16 hours ago, Alabamak1 said:

there is a lot of reasons, why they pull you to secondary. Wont start a list of possible reasons; it's ok to travel with a valid GC, even if you are divorced.

 

From my experience: You can travel using GE (global entry) and by a miracle....all your problem with a CBP officer/immigration officer could disappear. I have not been sent to secondary ever since I got GE 

And how did you get approved for GE?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Just now, huggoboss82 said:

And how did you get approved for GE?

you have to apply and disclose any misdemeanors or felonies you have ever had. it is entirely up to them, to issue or revoke you for GE. It cost $100 non-refundable. Some credit card offer to pay for this if they you ever apply for it with their credit card, so free of charge.  It takes about 1 month to respond with the GE card in the mailbox and you go for an interview and fingerprints at a major local airport that has GE or assigned agency. They have them in major metro areas mostly. I just read yesterday that the service is not working, because of the government shutdown. 

 

https://www.cbp.gov/travel/trusted-traveler-programs/global-entry

 

LPR and USC are allowed to apply as well as some other nationals


8/7/2017                    NOA-1

3/1/2018                    NOA-2

3/15/2018                  NVC case received

3/22/2018                  NVC case assigned

3/23/2018                  Consulate ready

4/11/2018                  Medical

4/17/2018                  Visa Approved

4/24/2018                  Visa on hand

5/23/2018                  Point of Entry ATL

5/24/2018                  Marriage license, officiant and certificate / applied for SS#

5/31/2018                  AOS/AP/EAD

6/7/2018                    email notification of NOA-1

6/11/2018                  NOA-1 hard copies for AOS/EAD/AP

6/27/2018                  Biometrics for AOS/EAD

7/7/2018                    ready to be scheduled for interview

7/11/2018                  We are still reviewing your case and there are no updates at this time (email from USCIS)

8/22/2018                  We are still reviewing your case and there are no updates at this time (same email again)

9/5/2018                     We are still reviewing your case and there are no updates at this time (this is getting boring!!!)

10/3/2018                  We are still reviewing your case and there are no updates at this time (this is insanity, 4th time while some got GC)

10/17/2018                After 136 days of wait in HELL, finally EAD in production

10/21/2018                Card was mailed to me, and yes it said so on a Sunday night, while Vj-ing

10/22/2018                Card was picked up by the USPS

10/24/2018                EAD in hand. F%^&& finally

12/28/2018                Interview has been scheduled. Waiting for notification with date by snail mail

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
26 minutes ago, Alabamak1 said:

you have to apply and disclose any misdemeanors or felonies you have ever had. it is entirely up to them, to issue or revoke you for GE. It cost $100 non-refundable. Some credit card offer to pay for this if they you ever apply for it with their credit card, so free of charge.  It takes about 1 month to respond with the GE card in the mailbox and you go for an interview and fingerprints at a major local airport that has GE or assigned agency. They have them in major metro areas mostly. I just read yesterday that the service is not working, because of the government shutdown. 

 

https://www.cbp.gov/travel/trusted-traveler-programs/global-entry

 

LPR and USC are allowed to apply as well as some other nationals

I had a DUI back in 2012. It was stricken off my record, but I think they still can deny based on that.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
2 minutes ago, huggoboss82 said:

I had a DUI back in 2012. It was stricken off my record, but I think they still can deny based on that.

not all misdemeanors or felonies are gone completely as you think. I disclosed my misdemeanor and the records where destroyed in a fire, but the digital records of how the case turned out, where available. This is the US government, and not a US State that will be accessing your records. They have like USCIS access to way many more databases than you think. Not all felonies and/or misdemeanors are just a fact for denial. They make that determination and you will not know, if you never apply. IMO it was not the $100 that made me discouraged and look I do still have GE. It simplifies the entry at any POE in the USA. Hope this helps to make a better informed decision.  


8/7/2017                    NOA-1

3/1/2018                    NOA-2

3/15/2018                  NVC case received

3/22/2018                  NVC case assigned

3/23/2018                  Consulate ready

4/11/2018                  Medical

4/17/2018                  Visa Approved

4/24/2018                  Visa on hand

5/23/2018                  Point of Entry ATL

5/24/2018                  Marriage license, officiant and certificate / applied for SS#

5/31/2018                  AOS/AP/EAD

6/7/2018                    email notification of NOA-1

6/11/2018                  NOA-1 hard copies for AOS/EAD/AP

6/27/2018                  Biometrics for AOS/EAD

7/7/2018                    ready to be scheduled for interview

7/11/2018                  We are still reviewing your case and there are no updates at this time (email from USCIS)

8/22/2018                  We are still reviewing your case and there are no updates at this time (same email again)

9/5/2018                     We are still reviewing your case and there are no updates at this time (this is getting boring!!!)

10/3/2018                  We are still reviewing your case and there are no updates at this time (this is insanity, 4th time while some got GC)

10/17/2018                After 136 days of wait in HELL, finally EAD in production

10/21/2018                Card was mailed to me, and yes it said so on a Sunday night, while Vj-ing

10/22/2018                Card was picked up by the USPS

10/24/2018                EAD in hand. F%^&& finally

12/28/2018                Interview has been scheduled. Waiting for notification with date by snail mail

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

What they look for in an applicant is the level of threat in the security for the most part. Someone with DUI or fraud are categorized in different ways. With fraud....the potential of them carrying something illegal into the country is much more likely, than someone with a drunk driving record that may have had a beer to much.  Of course this is a matter of point of view, but as long as it is disclosed.... I also have a TWIC card which has way more security requirements than GE and backgrounds are also done for that.


8/7/2017                    NOA-1

3/1/2018                    NOA-2

3/15/2018                  NVC case received

3/22/2018                  NVC case assigned

3/23/2018                  Consulate ready

4/11/2018                  Medical

4/17/2018                  Visa Approved

4/24/2018                  Visa on hand

5/23/2018                  Point of Entry ATL

5/24/2018                  Marriage license, officiant and certificate / applied for SS#

5/31/2018                  AOS/AP/EAD

6/7/2018                    email notification of NOA-1

6/11/2018                  NOA-1 hard copies for AOS/EAD/AP

6/27/2018                  Biometrics for AOS/EAD

7/7/2018                    ready to be scheduled for interview

7/11/2018                  We are still reviewing your case and there are no updates at this time (email from USCIS)

8/22/2018                  We are still reviewing your case and there are no updates at this time (same email again)

9/5/2018                     We are still reviewing your case and there are no updates at this time (this is getting boring!!!)

10/3/2018                  We are still reviewing your case and there are no updates at this time (this is insanity, 4th time while some got GC)

10/17/2018                After 136 days of wait in HELL, finally EAD in production

10/21/2018                Card was mailed to me, and yes it said so on a Sunday night, while Vj-ing

10/22/2018                Card was picked up by the USPS

10/24/2018                EAD in hand. F%^&& finally

12/28/2018                Interview has been scheduled. Waiting for notification with date by snail mail

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
19 hours ago, huggoboss82 said:

If I'm divorced and I have my form I-751 filed with a waiver, but my GC is still valid, will that be an issue to enter

No.


CR1 / DCF (London): 2012 / 2013 (4.5 months from I-130 petition to visa in hand)

 

I-751 #1- May2015 [Denied]

 

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 - Oct 2017 [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 Feb 2018 [Pending] 

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

February 2018: Biometrics completed (walk-in)

Mid - February  2019: N-400 Interview

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 1/12/2019 at 11:48 AM, Alabamak1 said:

not all misdemeanors or felonies are gone completely as you think. I disclosed my misdemeanor and the records where destroyed in a fire, but the digital records of how the case turned out, where available. This is the US government, and not a US State that will be accessing your records. They have like USCIS access to way many more databases than you think. Not all felonies and/or misdemeanors are just a fact for denial. They make that determination and you will not know, if you never apply. IMO it was not the $100 that made me discouraged and look I do still have GE. It simplifies the entry at any POE in the USA. Hope this helps to make a better informed decision.  

I applied yesterday and will see how it goes

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
 
Didn't find the answer you were looking for? Ask our VJ Immigration Lawyers.

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
- Back to Top -


Important Disclaimer: Please read carefully the Visajourney.com Terms of Service. If you do not agree to the Terms of Service you should not access or view any page (including this page) on VisaJourney.com. Answers and comments provided on Visajourney.com Forums are general information, and are not intended to substitute for informed professional medical, psychiatric, psychological, tax, legal, investment, accounting, or other professional advice. Visajourney.com does not endorse, and expressly disclaims liability for any product, manufacturer, distributor, service or service provider mentioned or any opinion expressed in answers or comments. VisaJourney.com does not condone immigration fraud in any way, shape or manner. VisaJourney.com recommends that if any member or user knows directly of someone involved in fraudulent or illegal activity, that they report such activity directly to the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement. You can contact ICE via email at Immigration.Reply@dhs.gov or you can telephone ICE at 1-866-347-2423. All reported threads/posts containing reference to immigration fraud or illegal activities will be removed from this board. If you feel that you have found inappropriate content, please let us know by contacting us here with a url link to that content. Thank you.
×