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After 2 years of being marriage based green card holder my wife applied to remove condition. We received i751 stating her status has been extended and she can work and travel using her expired green card and the I751 form. Sounds easy. But before her green card has actually expired he traveled to home land and returned 2 days before the expiration. On arrival to US officer at passport control asked her if she is aware her green card expires in 2 days and my wife said yes and shows the the i751 form stating status has been extended. The officer was puzzled about the form and she asked her partner in the booth, which also had no clue. Anyway, they let her in but gave her reminder about green card expiration. Now I am worried since we are planning to travel outside of US and I am afraid my wife might have trouble entering back.

So the question is if anyone had any experience traveling with expired green card and form I751 and how did it go?

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4 minutes ago, mishok said:

After 2 years of being marriage based green card holder my wife applied to remove condition. We received i751 stating here status has been extended and she can work and travel using her expired green card and the I751 form. Sounds easy. But before her green card has actually expired he traveled to home land and returned 2 days before the expiration. On arrival to US officer and passport control asked he if she is aware her green card expires in 2 days and she said yes and shows the the i751 form. The officer was puzzled about the form and she asked her partner in the booth, which also had no clue. Anyway, they let her in, but now I am worried since we are planning to travel outside of US and I am afraid my wife might have trouble on the way back.

So the question is if anyone had any experience traveling with expired green card and form I751 and how did it go?

We did and absolutely no problems.  

 

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Removal of Conditions

12/29/2018  Sent ROC package to Dallas PO Box by USPS Priority Mail. 

12/30/2018  ROC package arrived & ready for pickup at Dallas PO Box at 7pm.

12/31/2018  USCIS received date

01/03/2019  Credit card transaction alert received at 7:10am authorizing charge of $680 to USCIS Dallas Lockbox

01/03/2019  Received text message from USCIS stating original receipt to follow in mail and a receipt number starting with MSC.

01/07/2019  Added receipt number to myaccount.uscis.dhs.gov/ and it shows case received and nothing to do at this time.

01/11/2019  Received US Postal Service Informed Delivery email at 8:20am showing incoming letter from USCIS.

01/11/2019  Received biometric appointment in the mail.  Biometric appointment is for 01/22/2019

01/14/2019  Completed walk-in biometric at Tampa Field Office.

01/29/2019  Filed an online e-request due to no I-797 receipt mailed to date.  Received automated email to expect a reply by Feb. 20.

01/30/2019  E-request response received.  They will send a duplicate receipt and we should receive it within 30 days.

02/04/2019  Informed delivery show an incoming letter form USCIS.  Won't know if it is a copy or original extension letter as we are out of country for about another 2 weeks and mail is on hold until then.

02/19/2019  USPS delivered our "hold mail" today.  Received an original 18 month extension letter.   Notice date is 01/30/2019.

04/13/2019  Checked case status online.  Case is ready to be scheduled for an interview as of 04/04/2019

 

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I just got back to the U.S. last Friday. Zero issue. Just gave the immigration officer the expired green card along with the 18 months extension letter. Done in less than 3 minutes. No questions asked.

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Do you have a valid extension letter (I-797)?  You can not use the I-751 form to enter the US....

 

EDIT:  Terminology is very important.  If you have the official I-797 which extends the expiration date of the card, you should not have any problems.

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  • IV Fee Invoiced:10/24/2016  
  • IV Fee Paid:10/25/2016
  • DS-260 Completed: 10/28/16
  • Scan Date:11/9/2016
  • Supervisor review: 12/21/16 
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  • SS Card received : 7/3/2017
  • 2-year Green Card received in mail: 7/15/17
  • I751 mailed to Dallas PO Box: 3/28/2019
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  • Biometrics apt received for 4/25/2019: on 4/12/2019
 

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4 minutes ago, missileman said:

Do you have a valid extension letter (I-797)?  You can not use the I-751 form to enter the US....

 

EDIT:  Terminology is very important.

OP original quote said I-751 form shows status has been extended.  Terminology not correct but obviously it was a I-797 showing an extension.


Removal of Conditions

12/29/2018  Sent ROC package to Dallas PO Box by USPS Priority Mail. 

12/30/2018  ROC package arrived & ready for pickup at Dallas PO Box at 7pm.

12/31/2018  USCIS received date

01/03/2019  Credit card transaction alert received at 7:10am authorizing charge of $680 to USCIS Dallas Lockbox

01/03/2019  Received text message from USCIS stating original receipt to follow in mail and a receipt number starting with MSC.

01/07/2019  Added receipt number to myaccount.uscis.dhs.gov/ and it shows case received and nothing to do at this time.

01/11/2019  Received US Postal Service Informed Delivery email at 8:20am showing incoming letter from USCIS.

01/11/2019  Received biometric appointment in the mail.  Biometric appointment is for 01/22/2019

01/14/2019  Completed walk-in biometric at Tampa Field Office.

01/29/2019  Filed an online e-request due to no I-797 receipt mailed to date.  Received automated email to expect a reply by Feb. 20.

01/30/2019  E-request response received.  They will send a duplicate receipt and we should receive it within 30 days.

02/04/2019  Informed delivery show an incoming letter form USCIS.  Won't know if it is a copy or original extension letter as we are out of country for about another 2 weeks and mail is on hold until then.

02/19/2019  USPS delivered our "hold mail" today.  Received an original 18 month extension letter.   Notice date is 01/30/2019.

04/13/2019  Checked case status online.  Case is ready to be scheduled for an interview as of 04/04/2019

 

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Just now, mishok said:

sorry, we filed i751, but got an extension as I-797

Perfect......I guess you encountered a new officer......Many, many people travel using the expired Green Card and extension letter...Good luck....


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Retired Registered Nurse with practice in Labor/Delivery, Home Health, Adolescent Psych, Adult Psych

Retired IT Professional, Software Developer, Database Manager

 

Immigration Journey:

  • Texas Service Center after transfer from Nebraska
  • Consulate :Taipei, Taiwan
  • Marriage: 7/30/2015
  • I-130 NOA1 : 4/27/2016
  • I-130 Approved :9/8/2016
  • Case received at NVC: 10/11/2016                               
  • Case # and IIN#: 10/24/2016
  • AOS Fee Invoiced:10/24/2016  
  • AOS Fee Paid:10/25/2016
  • IV Fee Invoiced:10/24/2016  
  • IV Fee Paid:10/25/2016
  • DS-260 Completed: 10/28/16
  • Scan Date:11/9/2016
  • Supervisor review: 12/21/16 
  • Checklist: 1/13/17 
  • Case Complete: 4/10/17
  • Interview Date: 5/8/17 
  • Visa  "ISSUED": 5/10/17
  • Visa and Passport in hand/Flight to USA Booked!!!: 5/12/17  
  • POE Dallas DFW on June 22, 2017
  • SS Card received : 7/3/2017
  • 2-year Green Card received in mail: 7/15/17
  • I751 mailed to Dallas PO Box: 3/28/2019
  • I-797 extension letter  for ROC dated 4/2/2019  MSCxxxxxxxxxx received: 4/6/2019
  • Biometrics apt received for 4/25/2019: on 4/12/2019
 

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Just returned from Vietnam and China. No problems, but some scrutiny of the letter. It's hard for me to believe that a U.S. officer wouldn't know the form - even a new one is trained on the various paperwork they will encounter. Maybe she was just being difficult.

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We got back Friday. I had expired GC with extension letter and my son had stamp in his passport. We had no issues. 


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02/02/16....I-129F mailed to Lewisville, TX                                                                       08/25/16....AOS package mailed to Chicago, IL

02/03/16....Delivered at Lewisville, TX                                                                               08/26/16....Delivered at Chicago, IL

02/08/16....NOA1 Text & E-mail. Case sent to CSC                                                         09/01/16....NOA1 Text & E-mail

02/12/16....NOA1 Hard copy received                                                                               09/09/16....NOA1 Hard copy received

03/24/16....NOA2 (45 days)                                                                                                 09/15/16....Bio-letter received for K-1/K-2 for Sep. 26th

03/29/16....NOA2 Hard copy received                                                                               09/19/16....Bio appointment done (Walk-in)

03/31/16....Medical                                                                                                              11/01/16.....EAD/AP approved

05/26/16....Interview                                                                                                            11/16/16.....EAD/AP card received

06/10/16....Visa in hand                                                                                                       03/08/17.....AOS Approved - No interview

06/21/16....POE Atlanta                                                                                                       03/15/17.....Green cards in hand

07/30/16....Wedding                                                                                                    

                                                                                                                                       

 

ROC from K-1 + K-2:

12/08/18....ROC window opens

12/13/18....I-751 mailed to Lewisville, TX

12/14/18....Delivered at Lewisville, TX

12/20/18....Text with case number. TX service center

12/24/18....NOA1/Extension letter received

 

 

 

 

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My wife used the I-797 letter at SFO last August with no problems. Ditto with JFK a couple months earlier. Your wife won't be able to use the kiosk until she gets a new card, but that's the only "hiccup" she should have when she returns. 


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When we were in the throes of the ROC process, we went up to Vancouver, BC, Canada. My wife brought her valid Chinese passport, her expired 2yr GC, the I-797 Receipt, Extension Notice and a copy of our Marriage License. I took my valid US Passport. We had no, nada, zilch problems, issues, concerns, problemas with the documents.

 

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16 hours ago, mishok said:

Thanks everybody’s for answers. I feel much better about whole thing

What POE?  My wife traveled multiple times on her extension letter until March 2018, and with the exception of one time at check in had no issues.  The one time at check in, the clerk asked to retain a copy of the extension letter, thankfully we had multiple copies with us, so it really wasn’t much of an issue, but it could have been if we had not thought to make copies.  Shen never had any issues with CBP, but she always came into Detroit.

 

Good Luck!


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I had issues flying back home from Sweden since they didnt know what to do with the letter. It finally worked out after they called a supervisor. 

 

But POE in Oakland was so freaking easy that I even blurted out a "really?" When he said I was good to go. He didnt look at any documentation lol. He then said "unless you wanna go to secondary, we can do that?" I said "I'm good" lol. Almost got myself delayed. 


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