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Green card expiring soon, applying for N-400

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Hello all!

 

Long story short, I'm a LPR who is currently in the process of completing the N-400. My GC expires in about 5.5 months. Based on what I'm seeing online, the general rule is if less than 6 months till your GC expires, then first complete I-90. But if there is more than 6 months till GC expires, then just file N-400. Though it seems like this is rarely enforced, so I'm thinking of just submitting the N-400 so I don't have to fork out more money for the I-90. So my question is...

 

Can I still get an I-551 stamp, even if I file my N-400 with less than 6 months until my GC expires? I'm not planning to travel anytime soon, but given the longer than average processing times, my concern is if I end up getting a new job, and my GC is expired, I have no way to prove my lawful status for I-9 verification. Or if I end up moving states, and my GC is expired, I'll run into the same issue -- unable to prove my lawful status to get a drivers license.

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USCIS won't stamp for you without an emergency travel and proof of I-90. They don't like when you try to outsmart them.


N400

12/06/2014: Package filed

12/31/2014: Fingerprinted

02/06/2015: In-Line for Interview

04/15/2015: Passed Interview

05/05/2015: Oath letter was sent

05/22/2015: Oath Ceremony

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Just send in N400 when you can. Unlike 2-year GC, 10-year GC expires but your status doesn't expire. It is just hassle if you need to travel when your GC is  expired.


N400

12/06/2014: Package filed

12/31/2014: Fingerprinted

02/06/2015: In-Line for Interview

04/15/2015: Passed Interview

05/05/2015: Oath letter was sent

05/22/2015: Oath Ceremony

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My concern is that given how long N-400 processing times are now (USCIS site says up to 36 months), if I end up getting a new job or moving states, I'll need proof of my LPR status. And with a pending N-400 and expired green card, I wouldn't be able to prove my LPR status if I'm understanding correctly.

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Filed: Lift. Cond. (pnd) Country: India
Timeline

You have to get an infopass appointment in local application service center and get a temp GC stamp and can use for job proof until u get citizenship


N-400 - Mount Laurel, NJ 

Online N400 Application 05-28-2020

NOA1 - 05-29-2020

Biometrics will be reused 11/13/2020

N400 Interview - 2021-02-04   MOUNT LAUREL, NJ  Approved and Oath Same Day

 

Vermont Service Center

ROC Applied: 2019-04-26

ROC NOA Text Received: 2019-05-01

ROC NOA Extension: 2019-05-01

ROC NOA Received: 2019-05-03

Biometircs Completed: 2019-06-05

Bioemetrics Status: 2019-06-09 Biometrics Review Completed and Case is under further Processing.

i751 - Case Transferred: 2020-05-20 - Case Transferred from VSC to NBC

i551 Stamp for six months 01/27/2021 in Mount Laurel, NJ

i751- Case Ready for Interview: 2020-05-28.. Combo Interview 02/04/2021 Approved

 

GC Journey:

K1 Visa - Consulate : United Arab Emirates

I-129F Sent : 2016-06-08

Interview Date : 2016-11-20

Visa Received : 2016-11-28

US Entry : 2016-12-13

Marriage : 2017-01-18

AOS i485 :              2017-03-06

AOS  GC Approval:      2017-07-11 

 

 

 

 

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5 minutes ago, M*M said:

You have to get an infopass appointment in local application service center and get a temp GC stamp and can use for job proof until u get citizenship

They won’t stamp without proof of I-90, OP wants to save money on it.


N400

12/06/2014: Package filed

12/31/2014: Fingerprinted

02/06/2015: In-Line for Interview

04/15/2015: Passed Interview

05/05/2015: Oath letter was sent

05/22/2015: Oath Ceremony

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I did not realize I-90 was required to get the I-551 stamp. Thought I could get it with pending N-400, but I was wrong. So I'll need to submit the I-90 also. Is there any issue with having a pending N-400 and pending I-90 at the same time?

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Filed: Citizen (pnd) Country: Haiti
Timeline

I think you have to make a decision to either pay for another green card or commit to not changing jobs/states until you are a citizen. 


Our K1 Journey    I-129f

Service Center : Texas Service Center   Transferred? California Service Center on 8/11/14

Consulate : Port au Prince, Haiti             I-129F Sent : 4/14/2014

I-129F NOA1 : 4/24/14                            I-129F NOA2 : 9/10/14

NVC Received : 9/24/14                          NVC Left : 9/26/14

Consulate Received : 10/6/14 CEAC status changed to ready

Packet 3 Received : 10/27/14 packet received by petitioner in USA ( beneficiary never received packet 3)

Medical: 10/30/14 Dr. Buteau                  Medical picked up: 11/3/14

Packet 3 Sent : 11/10/13.. Had to schedule interview appointment and attach confirmation receipt to packet

Interview Date : 12/1/14                           Interview Result : Approved !

Visa Received : 12/10/14 picked up at Jacmel location

US Entry : 12/15/14 Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Apply for Social Security Card: 12/30/14 Connecticut

Marriage: 1/26/15

 

Adjustment of Status

CIS Office : Hartford                                  Filed : 3/18/15

NOA : 3/25/15                                            Biometrics : 4/15/15

Approved: 8/31/15                                     Received: 9/8/15

 

EAD

CIS Office : Hartford                                  Filed : 3/18/15

NOA : 3/25/15                                            Approved: 6/12/15

Received: 6/20/15

 

Removal of Conditions I-751

Filed: 8/14/17 at VSC                                 NOA: 8/15/17 Received 8/21 by mail

Biometrics: Dated: 8/25/17   Received 9/2/17   Appointment 9/11/17 

Approved: 10/23/18 -no interview

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1 hour ago, undecided_gal010 said:

My concern is that given how long N-400 processing times are now (USCIS site says up to 36 months), if I end up getting a new job or moving states, I'll need proof of my LPR status. And with a pending N-400 and expired green card, I wouldn't be able to prove my LPR status if I'm understanding correctly.

N-400 processing times can depend a lot on where the field office is. My wife filed her N-400 in Jan. 2020, and had her interview 2 days ago, July 8. The field office is in Memphis, TN. In the group of Jan. 2020 filers here on Visa Journey, there have been interviews scheduled in Nashville, Memphis, Ft. Smith, AR, Kansas City and San Antonio. Field offices closer to the borders appear to be moving slower.


Naturalization Timeline

01/05/2020.......Filed N-400 online.

01/07/2020.......I-751 transferred from Texas Service Center to Lee's Summit.

01/31/2020.......Biometrics Appointment.

03/06/2020.......Interview Scheduled 04/16/2020.

06/16/2020.......Interview Rescheduled 07/08/2020

07/08/2020.......Approved

08/20/2020.......Oath Ceremony

 

N400 January 2020 filers spread sheet  https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1bxlnPL1_Ln6rGAZcTwEf6e-dNjQkBmr02wYi6baeIF0/edit#gid=0

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Canada
Timeline

I understand that you do not have to have a green card that is valid to apply for citizenship. I would caution the OP to realize that it is the law to carry your green card with you, though unlikely you will be asked to prove status. On the other hand, if OP moves to a border state after applying for citizenship then the OP will definitely want to have a valid green card. 


 

 

N400 - Naturalization                                                                                                           U.S. Passport

Aug 05, 2018 (Day 1): Applied for Naturalization online                                                Oct 01, 2019 (Day 1): Sent US Passport Application

Aug 06, 2018 (Day 2): Check Cashed, NOA1 received online                                        Oct 08, 2019 (Day 8 ) : Passport trackable 

Aug 11, 2018 (Day 6): Recvd notification that Biometrics appointment scheduled  Oct 17, 2019 (Day 17) : Received Passport

Aug 13, 2018 (Day 8): Received biometrics appt letter online                                      Oct 21, 2019 (Day 21) : Received Naturalization Cert. back

Aug 28, 2018 (Day 23): Biometrics Appt

May 06, 2019 (Day 274): In Line For Interview

Jun 11, 2019 (Day 311): Interview Date

July 01, 2019 (Day 327) : Oath Ceremony I AM NOW A US CITIZEN!!!!

 

FROM K-1 PETITION SENT TO OATH CEREMONY WAS ABOUT 7 YEARS 4 MONTHS

 

TO SEE MY FULL TIMELINE GO HERE: http://www.visajourney.com/forums/user/125109-cdnon-usavt/

 

"that their hearts may be encouraged, having been knit together in love, and attaining to all the wealth that comes from the full assurance of understanding." -Colossians 2:2-

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