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Hi Guys,

 

I am not sure if this is the right place to ask, but my sister has a pressing issue.

 

Her GC is expiring soon in August, but her school ends in July and will be kicked out of the room. Since we don't have immediate family in the States who would be able to accommodate her, she is planning to travel back to Asia first and move back to the U.S. later this year. 

 

The problem is, her fingerprint appointment originally scheduled in April was cancelled due to the virus. She did receive a letter from USCIS saying that "she doesn't need to get fingerprints scanned at the office" because of the pandemic, but it doesn't state how and when she would get a new GC, either.

 

I just wonder if anyone has similar issues now? Expiring GC, no fingerprint appointments, and would be travelling abroad soon? What should she expect? Bring the then-will-be-expired GC along with the letter when she comes back to the States later this year and explain to the immigration officer on shore? Or did we actually miss something she should have done before leaving the country this summer?

 

Thanks!

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9 minutes ago, nycplungon said:

Hi Guys,

 

I am not sure if this is the right place to ask, but my sister has a pressing issue.

 

Her GC is expiring soon in August, but her school ends in July and will be kicked out of the room. Since we don't have immediate family in the States who would be able to accommodate her, she is planning to travel back to Asia first and move back to the U.S. later this year. 

 

The problem is, her fingerprint appointment originally scheduled in April was cancelled due to the virus. She did receive a letter from USCIS saying that "she doesn't need to get fingerprints scanned at the office" because of the pandemic, but it doesn't state how and when she would get a new GC, either.

 

I just wonder if anyone has similar issues now? Expiring GC, no fingerprint appointments, and would be travelling abroad soon? What should she expect? Bring the then-will-be-expired GC along with the letter when she comes back to the States later this year and explain to the immigration officer on shore? Or did we actually miss something she should have done before leaving the country this summer?

 

Thanks!

Not sure what the exact case is - is her 10 year Greencard expiring or did she apply for removal of conditions for a marriage based 2 year Greencard? If the second, the receipt notice should have stated that it serves as an extension (how long exactly is stated on the letter) so she would be good to travel with expired Greencard and the receipt notice.

She can also make an infopass appointment at her local field office once they reopen, and ask for a I-551 stamp in her passport which will function as Greencard and is valid for I believe 1 year.

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3 minutes ago, Quarknase said:

Not sure what the exact case is - is her 10 year Greencard expiring or did she apply for removal of conditions for a marriage based 2 year Greencard? If the second, the receipt notice should have stated that it serves as an extension (how long exactly is stated on the letter) so she would be good to travel with expired Greencard and the receipt notice.

She can also make an infopass appointment at her local field office once they reopen, and ask for a I-551 stamp in her passport which will function as Greencard and is valid for I believe 1 year.

Thanks for the advice.

 

She has the 10 year GC (not the 2 year marriage-based one).

I am not sure about infopass as I never used it, but USCIS website also seems to suggest making an appointment through infopass is not available now.

 

She is actually abroad already. But she will travel back into the states next month to finish the move-out from dorm, then come back to Asia. 

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7 minutes ago, nycplungon said:

Thanks for the advice.

 

She has the 10 year GC (not the 2 year marriage-based one).

I am not sure about infopass as I never used it, but USCIS website also seems to suggest making an appointment through infopass is not available now.

 

She is actually abroad already. But she will travel back into the states next month to finish the move-out from dorm, then come back to Asia. 

Gotcha. She should definitely try to find a field office that has opened (they’re currently aiming to re-open on June 4th) to make an infopass and get a stamp. Not sure how long she plans to be abroad, but also keep in mind that she might need proof of not having abandoned residency if she stays outside the US for longer than 6 months.

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