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Traveling on Greencard Close to Experation

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Hi everyone, 


Does anyone have experience traveling on a green card that's close to the experation date without an extension letter? My husband's conditional greencard expires on July 7, and he has a trip scheduled from June 14 to July 2. Uscis notified us that they mailed NOA 1 for our ROC package on May 20, but we still haven't received it. I'm getting concerned that he won't receive it before his trip. Does anyone know if he could have a problem trying to come back to the US with only 5 days left on his greencard?


Thank you so much!

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He will have no problems.  He may get sent to secondary upon entry, but they will see that his card is still good.  If the letter comes while he is gone, can you scan it and send him a copy of it so he has it on his phone or computer?  It's not good for entry, but it will show that he has sent his I-751 in.


Good luck!


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No problems. My husband traveled back home last year from June 1st - 4th, his GC expired on June 25th.

When he came back in, the CBP officer just reminded him that his GC was expiring, my husband said thank you and that he had put in his paperwork for ROC and that was the extent of their conversation.

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The green card is good thru the day of expiration.   You have applied for ROC prior to the expiration so once you have the extension letter you are good for another 18 months.

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My green card expired on May 13th. I applied for I751 to remove conditions in March and received an extension letter. 

I had a short trip to Europe from May 2nd to May 6th. 

I had my extension letter with me (just in case) but the only question the officer at the airport asked - what was the duration of my trip, and what was the purpose of my trip.  These are totally normal questions at the border patrol.  

He just stamped my passport and never asked about anything else. 

Prior to getting to the officer I was able to scan my green card at the self service machine where they take your photo and print a “receipt” without any issues. 


Your husband will be fine - As long as he is back in the US BEFORE the expiration of his conditional green card. 

Safe travels!

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