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Hello everyone,

 

My permanent resident card expires at the end of November. Hence the application window opens at the end of August. I have two main questions,

 

1. I'll be traveling back home to Belgium for family reasons from 8/22 to 9/3. Do you think I'll have any issues traveling with a green card that's expiring in November? Either when leaving the country, entering the country on my way back, or even when boarding the flight coming back to the US where they'll check my greencard.

(I've heard of people getting turned down at the airport when traveling with a passport that expires in the next 3 months. My passport is good until 2026, it's just my greencard that expires 11/30/2019)

 

2. I'll send the application packet as soon as I get back from Belgium. However, from 9/8 to 10/28 I'll be in Florida for work. I live in Virginia, so I'm wondering how that's going to work with the biometrics appointment. If I remember correctly, that usually happens about a month or so after applying. They will probably give me an appointment here in Virginia. Will I have to come back from Florida to do this, or can I go a processing center in Florida to do this? I'm not concerned about the interview etc, since that probably won't happen for another year or so haha. My husband will still be here, so receiving mail won't be an issue.

 

Thanks, I appreciate the help!


Adjustment of Status from F-1

Day  -16 - 01/01/17 - Married! (Same-Sex)

Day  -01 - 01/17/17 - Sent packet to Chicago Lockbox (FedEx)

Day   00 - 01/18/17 - Packet delivered

Day   07 - 01/25/17 - Email/Text NOA1 (PD 1/18)

Day   08 - 01/26/17 - Checks Cashed & MyUSCIS Works (I-485, I-130, I-131, I-765)

Day   12 - 01/30/17 - Hard Copy of all four NOA1s received in mail

Day   13 - 01/31/17 - Biometrics Appointment Letter received (02/13/17)

Day   19 - 02/06/17 - Biometrics walk-in successful (Arlington, VA)

Day   27 - 02/14/17 - Status changed to RFIE sent

Day   31 - 02/18/17 - RFIE arrived in mail (Forgot joint sponsor's birth certificate)

Day   34 - 02/21/17 - RFIE response delivered

Day   35 - 02/22/17 - Status changed to RFIE received

Day   43 - 03/02/17 - Case Ready to be Scheduled for Interview

Day   92 - 04/21/17 - EAD "New Card is Being Produced"

Day 100 - 04/29/17 - EAD/AP Combo Card Received

Day 184 - 07/21/17 - AR-11 Change of Address Submitted (online)

Day 190 - 07/27/17 - AR-11 Change of Address Confirmed

Day 198 - 08/04/17 - Case Ready to be Scheduled for Interview (again?!)

Day 281 - 10/26/17 - Interview Notice Received - Nov 28

Day 314 - 11/28/17 - Interview Day! (Approved on spot verbally, no paper or online notice yet)

Day 317 - 12/05/17 - Green Card received in mail! (Online status never updated)

 

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1.  You are fine traveling with your Green Card.  Don't worry.

 

2.  It is best if you don't try to change your biometrics appointment, but it IS possible to do so.  Most appointments are scheduled 4 to 6 weeks after you submit your packet, so if you mail it at the end of September, you should be back in Virginia before they schedule you, AND, you have submitted about 60 days prior to your Green Card expiring.

 

Best of luck to you!

 

Sukie in NY


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Our Prior Journey

N-400 Naturalization

18-Feb-2018 - submitted N-400 online, credit card charged

18-Feb-2018 - NOA1

12-Mar-2018 - Biometrics 

18-June-2018 - Notice of interview received

26-July-2018 - Interview  - APPROVED!!!

26-July-2018 - Oath Ceremony Scheduled

17-Aug-2018 - Oath Ceremony

 

 

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