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Hello,
 
I am not sure who to contact about this situation. 
 
As a permanent resident of the United States, I am currently waiting on removing my condition and receiving a new green card. I am also currently in the Czech Republic because of my family situation. 
 
I plan on going back to the United States in June. Since I am waiting on my new green card, I obtained an I-551 stamp in my passport.
 
Unfortunately, my dog chewed my passport and I think I will not be able to use it when I fly to the States. It's not bad, but I don't think they would say it's valid documentation.
I will have to apply for a new passport, which would not be a big problem if I did not have the I-551 stamp in my current one. 
 
Is it possible to obtain a new I-551 stamp at the embassy? And if not, what is my option? 
 
I appreciate your help in this situation. 
 

--K1--

June 2015 - filled petition for K1 visa

12/17/2015 - interview at the US embassy in Czech

12/28/2015 - received K1 visa
01/24/2016 - arrived in the US
02/05/2016 - got married
02/18/2016 - applied for SSN
02/25/2016 - received SSN
02/26/2016 - went to change my name on SSN
03/11/2016 - received a new SSN card with married name
03/14/2016 - applied and got US driver's license

--AOS--

03/22/2016 - sent AOS package (AOS,EAD,AP) [Day 1]

04/08/2016 - NOA1 received (emails&texts) [Day 17]

04/12/2016 - NOA1 hardcopy received [Day 21]

​04/29/2016 - biometrics letter received [Day 38]

05/12/2016 - walk-in biometrics [Day 51]

05/13/2016 - biometrics appointment 02:00PM [Day 52]

05/13/2016 - RFE sent on May 9th [Day 52]

05/15/2016 - received RFE letter [Day 54]

05/16/2016 - sent off RFE response [Day 55]

06/07/2016 - EAD card is being produced, AP approved (online status) [Day 77]

06/10/2016 - EAD card was mailed [Day 80]

06/11/2016 - AP approval letter received [Day 81]

06/15/2016 - EAD/AP card received [Day 85]

07/22/2016 - called, can make a request at the beginning of August (4 months after I applied) [Day 122]

07/26/2016 - got a letter after I made a request online - they got RFE on May 20th, case still pending [Day 126]

08/17/2016 - called again, online request doesn't work, can try it in a month! OMG! [Day 148]

09/02/2016 - submitted an online request [Day 164]

09/15/2016 - online status "New Card Is Being Produced" [Day 178]

09/16/2016 - online status "Case Approved" [Day 179]

09/20/2016 - online status "Card Was Mailed To Me" [Day 183]

09/24/2016 - Green Card received! :dancing:[Day 187]

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1 minute ago, maruska&chris said:
Hello,
 
I am not sure who to contact about this situation. 
 
As a permanent resident of the United States, I am currently waiting on removing my condition and receiving a new green card. I am also currently in the Czech Republic because of my family situation. 
 
I plan on going back to the United States in June. Since I am waiting on my new green card, I obtained an I-551 stamp in my passport.
 
Unfortunately, my dog chewed my passport and I think I will not be able to use it when I fly to the States. It's not bad, but I don't think they would say it's valid documentation.
I will have to apply for a new passport, which would not be a big problem if I did not have the I-551 stamp in my current one. 
 
Is it possible to obtain a new I-551 stamp at the embassy? And if not, what is my option? 
 
I appreciate your help in this situation. 
 

This can be a very challenging situation.. there was a recent thread on a similar situation.. I believe the passport was lost or stolen.. do a vj search .. there was a very clear step by step post on the options. 

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4 minutes ago, Lil bear said:

This can be a very challenging situation.. there was a recent thread on a similar situation.. I believe the passport was lost or stolen.. do a vj search .. there was a very clear step by step post on the options. 

Thank you! 
If someone finds the link, please put it here. I appreciate it. 


--K1--

June 2015 - filled petition for K1 visa

12/17/2015 - interview at the US embassy in Czech

12/28/2015 - received K1 visa
01/24/2016 - arrived in the US
02/05/2016 - got married
02/18/2016 - applied for SSN
02/25/2016 - received SSN
02/26/2016 - went to change my name on SSN
03/11/2016 - received a new SSN card with married name
03/14/2016 - applied and got US driver's license

--AOS--

03/22/2016 - sent AOS package (AOS,EAD,AP) [Day 1]

04/08/2016 - NOA1 received (emails&texts) [Day 17]

04/12/2016 - NOA1 hardcopy received [Day 21]

​04/29/2016 - biometrics letter received [Day 38]

05/12/2016 - walk-in biometrics [Day 51]

05/13/2016 - biometrics appointment 02:00PM [Day 52]

05/13/2016 - RFE sent on May 9th [Day 52]

05/15/2016 - received RFE letter [Day 54]

05/16/2016 - sent off RFE response [Day 55]

06/07/2016 - EAD card is being produced, AP approved (online status) [Day 77]

06/10/2016 - EAD card was mailed [Day 80]

06/11/2016 - AP approval letter received [Day 81]

06/15/2016 - EAD/AP card received [Day 85]

07/22/2016 - called, can make a request at the beginning of August (4 months after I applied) [Day 122]

07/26/2016 - got a letter after I made a request online - they got RFE on May 20th, case still pending [Day 126]

08/17/2016 - called again, online request doesn't work, can try it in a month! OMG! [Day 148]

09/02/2016 - submitted an online request [Day 164]

09/15/2016 - online status "New Card Is Being Produced" [Day 178]

09/16/2016 - online status "Case Approved" [Day 179]

09/20/2016 - online status "Card Was Mailed To Me" [Day 183]

09/24/2016 - Green Card received! :dancing:[Day 187]

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Is the stamp damaged, or just the main bit of the passport (ie, the bio page)?

If you get a new passport, an undamaged stamp should still be valid in the old passport when presented at the same time. 

 

 

You cannot obtain a 551 stamp overseas. Therefore the only other option you would have is to visit a US embassy and get a transportation letter/boarding foil (I-131A), which costs something like $600 and is single use, but will permit you to board a carrier to the US.

You could also fly to say, Toronto and enter via a land crossing with a probably lengthy visit to secondary while they verify your status and then give you some attitude for making them do some work.

Edited by mindthegap
wrong cost

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 - unable to conduct, as pending I-751 was still in Vermont, despite case transfer notice having been received.

 

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You would likely need to file an I-131A at your nearest US embassy or foreign post. The filing fee is $575.

 

https://www.uscis.gov/i-131a

Edited by Hypnos

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AoS

Day 0 (4/23/12) Petitions mailed (I-360, I-485, I-765)
2 (4/25/12) Petitions delivered to Chicago Lockbox
11 (5/3/12) Received 3 paper NOAs
13 (5/5/12) Received biometrics appointment for 5/23
15 (5/7/12) Did an unpleasant walk-in biometrics in Fort Worth, TX
45 (6/7/12) Received email & text notification of an interview on 7/10
67 (6/29/12) EAD production ordered
77 (7/9/12) Received EAD
78 (7/10/12) Interview
100 (8/1/12) I-485 transferred to Vermont Service Centre
143 (9/13/12) Contacted DHS Ombudsman
268 (1/16/13) I-360, I-485 consolidated and transferred to Dallas
299 (2/16/13) Received second interview letter for 3/8
319 (3/8/13) Approved at interview
345 (4/3/13) I-360, I-485 formally approved; green card production ordered
353 (4/11/13) Received green card

 

Naturalisation

Day 0 (1/3/18) N-400 filed online

Day 6 (1/9/18) Walk-in biometrics in Fort Worth, TX

Day 341 (12/10/18) Interview was scheduled for 1/14/19

Day 376 (1/14/19) Interview

Day 385 (1/23/19) Denied

Day 400 (2/7/19) Denial revoked; N-400 approved; oath ceremony set for 2/14/19

Day 407 (2/14/19) Oath ceremony in Dallas, TX

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21 minutes ago, Hypnos said:

You would likely need to file an I-131A at your nearest US embassy or foreign post. The filing fee is $575.

 

https://www.uscis.gov/i-131a

Thank you, guys. I appreciate it. 

That is not very good news :( 
So much money for nothing.. again. 

Thank you though!!


--K1--

June 2015 - filled petition for K1 visa

12/17/2015 - interview at the US embassy in Czech

12/28/2015 - received K1 visa
01/24/2016 - arrived in the US
02/05/2016 - got married
02/18/2016 - applied for SSN
02/25/2016 - received SSN
02/26/2016 - went to change my name on SSN
03/11/2016 - received a new SSN card with married name
03/14/2016 - applied and got US driver's license

--AOS--

03/22/2016 - sent AOS package (AOS,EAD,AP) [Day 1]

04/08/2016 - NOA1 received (emails&texts) [Day 17]

04/12/2016 - NOA1 hardcopy received [Day 21]

​04/29/2016 - biometrics letter received [Day 38]

05/12/2016 - walk-in biometrics [Day 51]

05/13/2016 - biometrics appointment 02:00PM [Day 52]

05/13/2016 - RFE sent on May 9th [Day 52]

05/15/2016 - received RFE letter [Day 54]

05/16/2016 - sent off RFE response [Day 55]

06/07/2016 - EAD card is being produced, AP approved (online status) [Day 77]

06/10/2016 - EAD card was mailed [Day 80]

06/11/2016 - AP approval letter received [Day 81]

06/15/2016 - EAD/AP card received [Day 85]

07/22/2016 - called, can make a request at the beginning of August (4 months after I applied) [Day 122]

07/26/2016 - got a letter after I made a request online - they got RFE on May 20th, case still pending [Day 126]

08/17/2016 - called again, online request doesn't work, can try it in a month! OMG! [Day 148]

09/02/2016 - submitted an online request [Day 164]

09/15/2016 - online status "New Card Is Being Produced" [Day 178]

09/16/2016 - online status "Case Approved" [Day 179]

09/20/2016 - online status "Card Was Mailed To Me" [Day 183]

09/24/2016 - Green Card received! :dancing:[Day 187]

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21 hours ago, maruska&chris said:

So much money for nothing.. again. 

The price is high, and I agree it is to the point of being absurd for a single-use document just to get on a plane to the US. If it covered an actual replacement green card then it wouldn't be as bad, but this is just a boarding document. It should be $50 - $75 tops - IMHO - to verify who you are and issue a document. Even that is high, but much more reasonable for the amount of time spent on their part and materials/handling/etc.

 

But it's not for nothing...it's not like somebody maliciously stole your passport or destroyed it. The dog damaged it. That would only be the case if it was left somewhere that the dog could get to it. It's a very important document that is your responsibility to maintain and secure, especially while abroad. This is just the consequence.

Edited by geowrian

Timelines:

Spoiler

AOS (I-485 + I-131 + I-765):

9/25/17: sent forms to Chicago

9/27/17: received by USCIS

10/4/17: NOA1 electronic notification received

10/10/17: NOA1 hard copy received. Social Security card being issued in married name (3rd attempt!)

10/14/17: Biometrics appointment notice received

10/25/17: Biometrics

1/2/18: EAD + AP approved (no website update)

1/5/18: EAD + AP mailed

1/8/18: EAD + AP approval notice hardcopies received

1/10/18: EAD + AP received

9/5/18: Interview scheduled notice

10/17/18: Interview

10/24/18: Green card produced notice

10/25/18: Formal approval

10/31/18: Green card received

 

K-1:

Spoiler

I-129F

12/1/17: sent

12/14/17: NOA1 hard copy received

3/10/17: RFE (IMB verification)

3/22/17: RFE response received

3/24/17: Approved!

3/30/17: NOA2 hard copy received

 

NVC

4/6/2017: Received

4/12/2017: Sent to Riyadh embassy

4/16/2017: Case received at Riyadh embassy

4/21/2017: Request case transfer to Manila, approved 4/24/2017

 

K-1

5/1/2017: Case received by Manila (1 week embassy transfer??? Lucky~)

7/13/2017: Interview: APPROVED!!!

7/19/2017: Visa in hand

8/15/2017: POE

 

 

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I-131A Instruction says:
If you have an expired Green Card, you may not need to file Form I-131A. Although regulations generally require an LPR to travel with a valid Green Card, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) policy permits a transportation carrier bound for the United States to allow you to board without carrier documentation if you:
...
Are an LPR who has an expired Green Card with a two-year expiration date and you also have Form I-797, Notice of Action, showing that you filed a Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence, or Form I-829, Petition by Entrepreneur to Remove Conditions on Permanent Resident Status (and you have been outside of the U.S. for less than a year). The Notice of Action extends the validity of the card for a specified length of time, generally one year;

https://www.uscis.gov/i-131a

 

You have your two-year green card and I-751 receipt notice (I-797), don't you? Do you really need an I-551 stamp on your passport?

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From their timeline I'm thinking the OP may only have received a 12 month extension letter through their I-751 and not a new 18 month extension, and a 12 month extension would likely have expired by now.


Widow/er AoS Guide | Have AoS questions? Read (some) answers here

 

AoS

Day 0 (4/23/12) Petitions mailed (I-360, I-485, I-765)
2 (4/25/12) Petitions delivered to Chicago Lockbox
11 (5/3/12) Received 3 paper NOAs
13 (5/5/12) Received biometrics appointment for 5/23
15 (5/7/12) Did an unpleasant walk-in biometrics in Fort Worth, TX
45 (6/7/12) Received email & text notification of an interview on 7/10
67 (6/29/12) EAD production ordered
77 (7/9/12) Received EAD
78 (7/10/12) Interview
100 (8/1/12) I-485 transferred to Vermont Service Centre
143 (9/13/12) Contacted DHS Ombudsman
268 (1/16/13) I-360, I-485 consolidated and transferred to Dallas
299 (2/16/13) Received second interview letter for 3/8
319 (3/8/13) Approved at interview
345 (4/3/13) I-360, I-485 formally approved; green card production ordered
353 (4/11/13) Received green card

 

Naturalisation

Day 0 (1/3/18) N-400 filed online

Day 6 (1/9/18) Walk-in biometrics in Fort Worth, TX

Day 341 (12/10/18) Interview was scheduled for 1/14/19

Day 376 (1/14/19) Interview

Day 385 (1/23/19) Denied

Day 400 (2/7/19) Denial revoked; N-400 approved; oath ceremony set for 2/14/19

Day 407 (2/14/19) Oath ceremony in Dallas, TX

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