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I have seen several threads regarding using I-485 NOA1 (I-797C) at CBP Interior Checkpoints, but I haven't heard of any successful experiences. I am in the AOS process, done with Biometrics and waiting for the interview to be scheduled. I have a unexpired passport, expired I-94, and NOA1 for I-485. My attorney has advised me not to travel if I will be passing the checkpoint. I'd love to hear actual experiences.


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8 minutes ago, junkmart said:

I have seen several threads regarding using I-485 NOA1 (I-797C) at CBP Interior Checkpoints, but I haven't heard of any successful experiences. I am in the AOS process, done with Biometrics and waiting for the interview to be scheduled. I have a unexpired passport, expired I-94, and NOA1 for I-485. My attorney has advised me not to travel if I will be passing the checkpoint. I'd love to hear actual experiences.

 

There is no "internal CBP" just TSA security. These are not immigrations. The US does not have such a thing as internal immigrations like some countries.


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07/08/2016 : NOA 1 Received

08/25/2016 : NOA 2 Received (48 days)

11/08/2016 : Interview - APPROVED!

11/18/2016 : Visa in hand

11/23/2016 : POE - Dallas, Texas

From sending of I-129F petiton to POE - 146 days.

 

02/03/2017 - Married 

02/24/2017 - AOS packet sent

06/01/2017 - EAD/AP Combo Card Received in mail

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7 minutes ago, junkmart said:

I have seen several threads regarding using I-485 NOA1 (I-797C) at CBP Interior Checkpoints, but I haven't heard of any successful experiences. I am in the AOS process, done with Biometrics and waiting for the interview to be scheduled. I have a unexpired passport, expired I-94, and NOA1 for I-485. My attorney has advised me not to travel if I will be passing the checkpoint. I'd love to hear actual experiences.

Yes, your attorney is right, don’t travel outside of US until you have your advance parole which would be your I-131 form. NOA is not enough for you to get back in. 

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1 minute ago, Ben&Zian said:

 

There is no "internal CBP" just TSA security. These are not immigrations. The US does not have such a thing as internal immigrations like some countries.

Okay you are right and I might be wrong heheh. I’m not sure if he is talking about travel within US or outside . 

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1 minute ago, Pengunista said:

Okay you are right and I might be wrong heheh. I’m not sure if he is talking about travel within US or outside . 

 

Only "internal CBP" check points are on land like in Arizona and places near the border with Mexico but with a pending I-485 you shouldn't have any issues at these anyways.. As to flying, anywhere domestically to include Hawaii and Alaska, it's just TSA security and that's only when entering the airport, at landing at any domestic airport you just get off the plane, grab your luggage and walk out.


08/15/2014 : Met Online

06/30/2016 : I-129F Packet Sent

07/08/2016 : NOA 1 Received

08/25/2016 : NOA 2 Received (48 days)

11/08/2016 : Interview - APPROVED!

11/18/2016 : Visa in hand

11/23/2016 : POE - Dallas, Texas

From sending of I-129F petiton to POE - 146 days.

 

02/03/2017 - Married 

02/24/2017 - AOS packet sent

06/01/2017 - EAD/AP Combo Card Received in mail

12/06/2017 - I-485 Approved

12/14/2017 - Green Card Received in mail - No Interview

 

 

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3 minutes ago, Ben&Zian said:

 

There is no "internal CBP" just TSA security. These are not immigrations. The US does not have such a thing as internal immigrations like some countries.

There are internal CBP checkpoints. I've passed through them numerous times when traveling north from the Rio Grande Valley in Texas. There is one on 77 in Sarita, and one on 281 in Falfurias. They are located about 100 miles north of the border. This is called the "border zone"

1 minute ago, Ben&Zian said:

 

Only "internal CBP" check points are on land like in Arizona and places near the border with Mexico but with a pending I-485 you shouldn't have any issues at these anyways.. As to flying, anywhere domestically to include Hawaii and Alaska, it's just TSA security and that's only when entering the airport, at landing at any domestic airport you just get off the plane, grab your luggage and walk out.

Bingo. And that is what this thread is about


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2019-02-21 Package sent to Chicago Lockbox via FedEx

2019-02-27 Package received

2019-02-27 Priority Date

2019-03-04 Notice Date

2019-03-09 Notice received via USPS

2019-03-15 Biometrics Appointment Notice received

2019-03-26 Attended Biometrics Appointment

2019-04-01 Case is ready to to be scheduled for an interview

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6 minutes ago, Pengunista said:

Yes, your attorney is right, don’t travel outside of US until you have your advance parole which would be your I-131 form. NOA is not enough for you to get back in. 

You misunderstood my question. I am not leaving the country. I am leaving the 100 mile border zone in south texas, headed to San Antonio. The checkpoint I will drive through is in Sarita, Texas. FYI


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2019-03-04 Notice Date

2019-03-09 Notice received via USPS

2019-03-15 Biometrics Appointment Notice received

2019-03-26 Attended Biometrics Appointment

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Just now, junkmart said:

You misunderstood my question. I am not leaving the country. I am leaving the 100 mile border zone in south texas, headed to San Antonio. The checkpoint I will drive through is in Sarita, Texas. FYI

 

Still should have no issues with this to be honest. The lawyer's advice is probably more out of precaution but there are many people who go through these little check points with no issues.


08/15/2014 : Met Online

06/30/2016 : I-129F Packet Sent

07/08/2016 : NOA 1 Received

08/25/2016 : NOA 2 Received (48 days)

11/08/2016 : Interview - APPROVED!

11/18/2016 : Visa in hand

11/23/2016 : POE - Dallas, Texas

From sending of I-129F petiton to POE - 146 days.

 

02/03/2017 - Married 

02/24/2017 - AOS packet sent

06/01/2017 - EAD/AP Combo Card Received in mail

12/06/2017 - I-485 Approved

12/14/2017 - Green Card Received in mail - No Interview

 

 

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6 minutes ago, Pengunista said:

Okay you are right and I might be wrong heheh. I’m not sure if he is talking about travel within US or outside . 

Within the US, leaving the border zone in south texas traveling to san antonio. Checkpoint is in Sarita, Texas, 100 miles north of the border. I'm surprised more people don't know about internal CBP checkpoints.


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2019-02-21 Package sent to Chicago Lockbox via FedEx

2019-02-27 Package received

2019-02-27 Priority Date

2019-03-04 Notice Date

2019-03-09 Notice received via USPS

2019-03-15 Biometrics Appointment Notice received

2019-03-26 Attended Biometrics Appointment

2019-04-01 Case is ready to to be scheduled for an interview

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4 minutes ago, Ben&Zian said:

 

Still should have no issues with this to be honest. The lawyer's advice is probably more out of precaution but there are many people who go through these little check points with no issues.

Thanks. I believe her reasoning was that I wouldn't have a valid I-94 to prove that I am in status. All the other times I've passed the checkpoint, I've had to present my i-94. She said that I would be detained without one.


c9 AOS Concurrently filed I-130 & I-130A, I-485, I-131, I-765

 

2019-02-21 Package sent to Chicago Lockbox via FedEx

2019-02-27 Package received

2019-02-27 Priority Date

2019-03-04 Notice Date

2019-03-09 Notice received via USPS

2019-03-15 Biometrics Appointment Notice received

2019-03-26 Attended Biometrics Appointment

2019-04-01 Case is ready to to be scheduled for an interview

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37 minutes ago, Pengunista said:

Okay you are right and I might be wrong heheh. I’m not sure if he is talking about travel within US or outside . 

 

39 minutes ago, Ben&Zian said:

There is no "internal CBP" just TSA security. These are not immigrations. The US does not have such a thing as internal immigrations like some countries.

There are internal checkpoints along the roads in the SW region of the USA. Mostly they just make sure you are not illegal and aren't trafficking anything. Your NOA1 should suffice for you with no issues. 

 

They can and do stop you though on occasions. I have been stopped before for about 20 minutes just being asked questions finally I just got fed up and told her that either she needs to formally have me stopped or I am going on my way. The big reason they stopped me though is that I was driving a federal vehicle for worked and they have had instances of federal plates being stolen. This is so that people can put them on vehicles to try and get passed the checkpoints easier. 

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I wouldn’t risk it.  It’s still CBP and you have nothing but a story to tell them that you’re in status.  Handing them expired documents isn’t helpful.  They want current documents.  Nothing else.

 

Even if you’re detained anywhere from several hours to a number of days, is it worth it?  They’re not there to wave everyone through without valid documents.

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16 minutes ago, bakphx1 said:

I wouldn’t risk it.  It’s still CBP and you have nothing but a story to tell them that you’re in status.  Handing them expired documents isn’t helpful.  They want current documents.  Nothing else.

 

Even if you’re detained anywhere from several hours to a number of days, is it worth it?  They’re not there to wave everyone through without valid documents.

Agree, being detained for any period of time isn't worth it. I'll pass on this road trip and wait until I get EAD.

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c9 AOS Concurrently filed I-130 & I-130A, I-485, I-131, I-765

 

2019-02-21 Package sent to Chicago Lockbox via FedEx

2019-02-27 Package received

2019-02-27 Priority Date

2019-03-04 Notice Date

2019-03-09 Notice received via USPS

2019-03-15 Biometrics Appointment Notice received

2019-03-26 Attended Biometrics Appointment

2019-04-01 Case is ready to to be scheduled for an interview

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37 minutes ago, junkmart said:

Agree, being detained for any period of time isn't worth it. I'll pass on this road trip and wait until I get EAD.

Wise decision.  With the tense situation in that region of the country right now, CBP is on edge so don't take a chance is smart.  Wait until you have current documents to prove you have legal status.

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Traveling within the 100 mile border zone with the NOA1is ok.  I've been with a K1 holder on a trip to San Diego from Phoenix and back and there were no issues, no delays.  The CBP even asked if they were enjoying America at the Yuma Checkpoint.


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