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USCIS Begins Producing Security-Enhanced Travel Documents

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To prevent secure document tampering, counterfeiting, and fraud, we will begin producing on Oct. 24 a new security-enhanced U.S. travel document, which is a booklet that looks similar to a U.S. passport and serves dual purposes. The travel document can serve in place of:

  • Form I-327, Permit to Reenter the United States: Lawful permanent residents use the Reentry Permit to return from temporary travel outside of the United States and, in some cases, may use a Reentry Permit for travel in place of a passport; and
  • Form I-571, Refugee Travel Document: Those with refugee or asylum status use a Refugee Travel Document if they wish to temporarily travel outside of the United States and, in some cases, may use a Refugee Travel Document for travel in place of a passport.

The new travel document will include a variety of secure features:

  • Redesigned booklet cover
  • Four montages containing three images, each of notable U.S. architecture, used throughout the booklet
  • A combination of first-, second- and third-level security features (overt, covert and forensic)
    • Overt is something you can see with the eye, such as the central image of the Statue of Liberty.
    • Covert is something that requires a tool, such as a magnifying glass, to see fine detail artwork.
    • Forensic is something that requires laboratory examination. 

Prior versions of the travel document will remain valid until their expiration date.

 

Link: https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/uscis-begins-producing-security-enhanced-travel-documents


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Sent packet: August 10, 2018

USCIS Received package: August 14, 2018
Notification in text/email: August 17, 2018
Mail received from USCIS: January 22, 2019
USCIS Approved I-129F Petition: January 17, 2019

NVC Received Case: February 14, 2019

NVC Case # Assigned: February 14, 2019

US Embassy Received: Not sure but got email reply - March 11, 2019
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[Hiccup] Package was sent back due to incorrect fee and sent on August 5, 2019.
Notification in text/email: August 12, 2019 @ 12:30AM
Check cashed: August 12, 2019
NOA 1 Mail: August 16, 2019
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