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My conditional green card expired in September 2018 and I received my 18-month extension letter after I filed I-751 application. I am planning on traveling aboard for two weeks in September 2019.

 

I plan on bringing my expired conditional green card, 18-month extension letter, unexpired passport, and marriage certificate. 

 

1. Will these documents be sufficient enough to come back to US without issues?  

2. A lot of information on the Internet saying to get a stamp on the passport even though having an extension letter. But my local USCIS, Detroit, is one of the testing local office that eliminated online Infopass appointment and one can only schedule Infopass appointment by calling customer service. I called customer service several times before and they all told me that I could only schedule an appointment for the stamp one month prior to the expiration of the extension letter. So I do NOT think the stamp on my passport is a must to come back to US in my case. Am I understanding this correctly?

 

Thank you!

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10 minutes ago, mskidw said:

My conditional green card expired in September 2018 and I received my 18-month extension letter after I filed I-751 application. I am planning on traveling aboard for two weeks in September 2019.

 

I plan on bringing my expired conditional green card, 18-month extension letter, unexpired passport, and marriage certificate. 

 

1. Will these documents be sufficient enough to come back to US without issues?  

2. A lot of information on the Internet saying to get a stamp on the passport even though having an extension letter. But my local USCIS, Detroit, is one of the testing local office that eliminated online Infopass appointment and one can only schedule Infopass appointment by calling customer service. I called customer service several times before and they all told me that I could only schedule an appointment for the stamp one month prior to the expiration of the extension letter. So I do NOT think the stamp on my passport is a must to come back to US in my case. Am I understanding this correctly?

 

Thank you!

 

As far as I know, you don't need all of those documents.. you can of course bring them if it makes you feel more secure but expired conditional green card, 18-month extension letter, and current passport is enough...

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14 minutes ago, mskidw said:

So I do NOT think the stamp on my passport is a must to come back to US in my case. Am I understanding this correctly?

Yes you are understanding it correctly. The only two thing you must have is the expired green card and the extension letter. 

 

And of course you have to have a passport to travel internationally.

Edited by USS_Voyager

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1 hour ago, mskidw said:

My conditional green card expired in September 2018 and I received my 18-month extension letter after I filed I-751 application. I am planning on traveling aboard for two weeks in September 2019.

 

I plan on bringing my expired conditional green card, 18-month extension letter, unexpired passport, and marriage certificate. 

 

1. Will these documents be sufficient enough to come back to US without issues?  

2. A lot of information on the Internet saying to get a stamp on the passport even though having an extension letter. But my local USCIS, Detroit, is one of the testing local office that eliminated online Infopass appointment and one can only schedule Infopass appointment by calling customer service. I called customer service several times before and they all told me that I could only schedule an appointment for the stamp one month prior to the expiration of the extension letter. So I do NOT think the stamp on my passport is a must to come back to US in my case. Am I understanding this correctly?

 

Thank you!

No need for a stamp. All you need is your expired GC, Passport and the extension letter. No need for your marriage Cert. either


I-751 #1 - March 2015 (Jointly filed)

April 2015: Bio-metrics completed

11/30/2018 Interview Notice for 01/07/2019

01/07/2019: Withdrawn at the interview due to divorce and another 751 filed after the divorce and switched to the waiver case

 

I-751 #2 - March 2017 (Waiver)

April 2017: Bio-metrics completed

01/07/2019: Interview

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N-400 #1 Feb 2016 (Pending)(3-year Rule) 

February 2016: N-400 filed under the 3 year rule.

February 2016: Bio-metrics completed

04/29/2016: Interview Notice in the mail For 06/08/2016

06/01/2016: Interview was cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances (probably cause the 751 was still pending)

01/16/2019: Case changed online again to interview was scheduled for 03/06/2019

03/06/2019 The Interview (Can't be approved since I'm not eligible for the 3 year rule anymore, will have to file again under the 5 year rule, FML)

 

N-400 #2 March 2019 IOE (Pending)(5-year Rule) 

03/09/2019: N-400 filed online under the 5 year rule (Within 72 hours of the interview)

03/09/2019: NOA1 via web Portal

03/18/2019: NOA1 in the mail

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25 minutes ago, MohU3 said:

No need for a stamp. All you need is your expired GC, Passport and the extension letter. No need for your marriage Cert. either

Marriage certificates are recommended if the GC name and the foreign passport name does not match.  I agree about not needing a stamp.

 

To the OP, what you are taking is fine, but one suggestion, take a few copies of the extension letter. One time my wife was traveling and the airline in China at check-in asked to keep a copy of the letter and one does not want to give them the original.

 

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Just now, Bill & Katya said:

Marriage certificates are recommended if the GC name and the foreign passport name does not match.

You're right. This is true in case of the name change


I-751 #1 - March 2015 (Jointly filed)

April 2015: Bio-metrics completed

11/30/2018 Interview Notice for 01/07/2019

01/07/2019: Withdrawn at the interview due to divorce and another 751 filed after the divorce and switched to the waiver case

 

I-751 #2 - March 2017 (Waiver)

April 2017: Bio-metrics completed

01/07/2019: Interview

01/14/2019: Approval Notification via Email

 

N-400 #1 Feb 2016 (Pending)(3-year Rule) 

February 2016: N-400 filed under the 3 year rule.

February 2016: Bio-metrics completed

04/29/2016: Interview Notice in the mail For 06/08/2016

06/01/2016: Interview was cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances (probably cause the 751 was still pending)

01/16/2019: Case changed online again to interview was scheduled for 03/06/2019

03/06/2019 The Interview (Can't be approved since I'm not eligible for the 3 year rule anymore, will have to file again under the 5 year rule, FML)

 

N-400 #2 March 2019 IOE (Pending)(5-year Rule) 

03/09/2019: N-400 filed online under the 5 year rule (Within 72 hours of the interview)

03/09/2019: NOA1 via web Portal

03/18/2019: NOA1 in the mail

03/19/2019: NOA2 via web Portal. Bio-metrics for 04/02/2019

03/21/2019: Successful  walk-in Bio-metrics

 

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1 hour ago, mskidw said:

My conditional green card expired in September 2018 and I received my 18-month extension letter after I filed I-751 application. I am planning on traveling aboard for two weeks in September 2019.

 

I plan on bringing my expired conditional green card, 18-month extension letter, unexpired passport, and marriage certificate. 

 

1. Will these documents be sufficient enough to come back to US without issues?  

2. A lot of information on the Internet saying to get a stamp on the passport even though having an extension letter. But my local USCIS, Detroit, is one of the testing local office that eliminated online Infopass appointment and one can only schedule Infopass appointment by calling customer service. I called customer service several times before and they all told me that I could only schedule an appointment for the stamp one month prior to the expiration of the extension letter. So I do NOT think the stamp on my passport is a must to come back to US in my case. Am I understanding this correctly?

 

Thank you!

Those documents will suffice for travelling abroad while doing ROC. So please don't worry and you won't need a stamp either. 

 

Make sure you book the tickets in the name on your passport and not the one on your green card. 

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6 minutes ago, Cyberfx1024 said:

Those documents will suffice for travelling abroad while doing ROC. So please don't worry and you won't need a stamp either. 

 

Make sure you book the tickets in the name on your passport and not the one on your green card. 

Thank you for your confirmation!

 

Yes, I will book the tickets in the name on my passport. I did the same when I booked my tickets while my conditional GC was not expired yet. Thank you for the reminder!

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1 hour ago, MohU3 said:

No need for a stamp. All you need is your expired GC, Passport and the extension letter. No need for your marriage Cert. either

Hi, I am curious, have you traveled internationally and come back with no issue carrying your expired GC, Passport and the extension letter?

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24 minutes ago, mskidw said:

Hi, I am curious, have you traveled internationally and come back with no issue carrying your expired GC, Passport and the extension letter?

Yes I've traveled 4 times while pending 751. 2 of them with just the expired GC and the extension letter. 2 of them with the stamp on the passport, without the GC nor the extension letter 


I-751 #1 - March 2015 (Jointly filed)

April 2015: Bio-metrics completed

11/30/2018 Interview Notice for 01/07/2019

01/07/2019: Withdrawn at the interview due to divorce and another 751 filed after the divorce and switched to the waiver case

 

I-751 #2 - March 2017 (Waiver)

April 2017: Bio-metrics completed

01/07/2019: Interview

01/14/2019: Approval Notification via Email

 

N-400 #1 Feb 2016 (Pending)(3-year Rule) 

February 2016: N-400 filed under the 3 year rule.

February 2016: Bio-metrics completed

04/29/2016: Interview Notice in the mail For 06/08/2016

06/01/2016: Interview was cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances (probably cause the 751 was still pending)

01/16/2019: Case changed online again to interview was scheduled for 03/06/2019

03/06/2019 The Interview (Can't be approved since I'm not eligible for the 3 year rule anymore, will have to file again under the 5 year rule, FML)

 

N-400 #2 March 2019 IOE (Pending)(5-year Rule) 

03/09/2019: N-400 filed online under the 5 year rule (Within 72 hours of the interview)

03/09/2019: NOA1 via web Portal

03/18/2019: NOA1 in the mail

03/19/2019: NOA2 via web Portal. Bio-metrics for 04/02/2019

03/21/2019: Successful  walk-in Bio-metrics

 

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12 minutes ago, MohU3 said:

Yes I've traveled 4 times while pending 751. 2 of them with just the expired GC and the extension letter. 2 of them with the stamp on the passport, without the GC nor the extension letter 

wow, thank you for the details! Your response made me feel better! Thank you!

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Just now, mskidw said:

wow, thank you for the details! Your response made me feel better! Thank you!

You have nothing to worry about. One thing to keep in mind, You are a Permanent residence. The GC or the extension or even the stamp is just a proof of status and not the status itself 


I-751 #1 - March 2015 (Jointly filed)

April 2015: Bio-metrics completed

11/30/2018 Interview Notice for 01/07/2019

01/07/2019: Withdrawn at the interview due to divorce and another 751 filed after the divorce and switched to the waiver case

 

I-751 #2 - March 2017 (Waiver)

April 2017: Bio-metrics completed

01/07/2019: Interview

01/14/2019: Approval Notification via Email

 

N-400 #1 Feb 2016 (Pending)(3-year Rule) 

February 2016: N-400 filed under the 3 year rule.

February 2016: Bio-metrics completed

04/29/2016: Interview Notice in the mail For 06/08/2016

06/01/2016: Interview was cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances (probably cause the 751 was still pending)

01/16/2019: Case changed online again to interview was scheduled for 03/06/2019

03/06/2019 The Interview (Can't be approved since I'm not eligible for the 3 year rule anymore, will have to file again under the 5 year rule, FML)

 

N-400 #2 March 2019 IOE (Pending)(5-year Rule) 

03/09/2019: N-400 filed online under the 5 year rule (Within 72 hours of the interview)

03/09/2019: NOA1 via web Portal

03/18/2019: NOA1 in the mail

03/19/2019: NOA2 via web Portal. Bio-metrics for 04/02/2019

03/21/2019: Successful  walk-in Bio-metrics

 

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1 minute ago, MohU3 said:

You have nothing to worry about. One thing to keep in mind, You are a Permanent residence. The GC or the extension or even the stamp is just a proof of status and not the status itself 

Right right. Not until the decision has been made by USCIS, I still have my PR status. 

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Just now, mskidw said:

Right right. Not until the decision has been made by USCIS, I still have my PR status. 

Believe it or not, even after they make a decision you still a PR even if they deny it. The only person that can take your status away is the JUDGE only


I-751 #1 - March 2015 (Jointly filed)

April 2015: Bio-metrics completed

11/30/2018 Interview Notice for 01/07/2019

01/07/2019: Withdrawn at the interview due to divorce and another 751 filed after the divorce and switched to the waiver case

 

I-751 #2 - March 2017 (Waiver)

April 2017: Bio-metrics completed

01/07/2019: Interview

01/14/2019: Approval Notification via Email

 

N-400 #1 Feb 2016 (Pending)(3-year Rule) 

February 2016: N-400 filed under the 3 year rule.

February 2016: Bio-metrics completed

04/29/2016: Interview Notice in the mail For 06/08/2016

06/01/2016: Interview was cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances (probably cause the 751 was still pending)

01/16/2019: Case changed online again to interview was scheduled for 03/06/2019

03/06/2019 The Interview (Can't be approved since I'm not eligible for the 3 year rule anymore, will have to file again under the 5 year rule, FML)

 

N-400 #2 March 2019 IOE (Pending)(5-year Rule) 

03/09/2019: N-400 filed online under the 5 year rule (Within 72 hours of the interview)

03/09/2019: NOA1 via web Portal

03/18/2019: NOA1 in the mail

03/19/2019: NOA2 via web Portal. Bio-metrics for 04/02/2019

03/21/2019: Successful  walk-in Bio-metrics

 

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Just now, MohU3 said:

Believe it or not, even after they make a decision you still a PR even if they deny it. The only person that can take your status away is the JUDGE only

Right right, i probably should have said, not until going to the immigration court and get denied by the court judge..

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