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I have a few questions regarding a trip my wife and son are making. Any advice/assistance is appreciated.

My wife: Chinese by birth, Citizen of Indonesia by previous marriage, Green Card Holder and LPR of US since January '07.

My son: US Citizen. Almost two years old.

My wife, who has her Green Card, is going to travel to China to visit her sister, whom she has not seen in almost two years. It will be her first trip outside the US since arriving in the US on her fiancee visa in October of '05.

She will be taking our 23 month old son with her on the trip to China. He is a US Citizen.

Question 1. Does my wife need a letter of consent from me to travel overseas with our son? If so, who should I write the letter to? Do I need it notarized?

Question 2. Does my wife need anything more than her Green Card upon reentry to the US? Should I have her take our marriage certificate, our son's birth certificate, or any other form of ID with them? Should they be originals or will copies suffice?

Question 3. Is there anything else I should know?

Thanks for any and all input,


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May 2, 2005 - NOA2 via email (42 days from NOA1)

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November 20, 2006 - Interview letter received.

January 11, 2007 - AOS Interview. Approved.

January 17, 2007 - Green card issued.


October 27, 2008 - Petition to lift conditions filing sent.

November 3, 2008 - NOA1.

December 3, 2008 - Biometrics taken.

March 21st, 2009 - File transferred from VSC to CSC.

June 20th, 2009 - Green Card received in mail.

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February 8th, 2010 - NOA date.

February 9th, 2010 - Check cashed.

February 11th, 2010 - NOA rec'd.

March 26th, 2010 - Fingerprints

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June 25th, 2010 - Oath Ceremony Scheduled for 09/14/10 Notice received.

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She should be fine to Travel with her Green Card, as a precautious measure, my aunt used to have a notarized letter from my uncle whenever we used to drive to Montreal from NYC. So i would say just to be on the safe side, you can just write a letter and have it notorized. She can take a copy of the marriage certificate but it's not necessary, i'ts VERY NECESSARY if the name on her passport is different than the green card.

To whom it may concern,

I am MrXXX my wife Mrs. XXX is traveling to China with our son. I am not able to make the trip with my wife, I am fully aware of my wife visiting China with our son XXX.

If any concern please feel free to contact me at:



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Wow - so when we have kids, everytime want to take MY children to visit the UK, or anywhere else I have to have written permission from my husband to do that? That seems crazy! lol!!


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12-01-2006 I-129F sent priority USPS to CSC ... the real journey begins! (Day 1)

12-06-2006 NOA1 (Day 4)

03-05-2007 NOA2 - YAY!! (Day 89))

05-04-2007 INTERVIEW!!!!!! - APPROVED! (Day 149)

05-10-2007 Visa received (Day 155)

05-17-2007 ARRIVED IN PHOENIX (Day 162)

05-25-2007 Applied SSN

06-04-2007 Received SSN in the mail

06-14-2007 Passed driving test and now have my license

07-12-2007 MARRIED

07-24-2007 Changed name with SSA


05-31-2007 Appointment with Civil Surgeon for I-693A

07-16-2007 AOS sent to Chicago (received 07-18) (Day 1)

07-27-2007 NOA1 date (received 8/1) (Day 9)

07-30-2007 Check cashed (Day 12)

08-14-2007 Biometrics (Day 28)

11-29-2007 INTERVIEW DATE!!!!!! (Day 131) APPROVED

12-11-2007 Greencard Received


09-01-2009 I-751 sent to VSC (received 09-03) (Day 1)

09-04-2009 NOA Date (received 09-14) (Day 4)

09-08-2009 Check Cashed (Day 8)

10-05-2009 Biometrics @ Jackson MS (received 09-24) (Day 35)

01-08-2010 10 Year Greencard approved

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The main reason Jamal and Tam it's a safeguard against Child kidnapping when it comes to parents geting divorce, or custody problems. It has happened very often in the past during a custody battle, one parent would take the child and go back to their home country therefore the other parents face a major huddle to get the kid back.

When we used to go to Canada, it was not so often but sometimes they would ask for the notorized letter. On on trip she didn't have it and they did in fact ask for it and had to go back to NY.

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