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Traveling outside US while waiting for I-751 approval???

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Hi all,

We have just sent our documents for condition removal on July 24th. And my green card expires in September. If we want to travel outside the US, lets say in October, is it possible? or What can we do to make this possible? Or how does the process goes? Can anyone explain it?

Thanks to you all,


I-751 Process

Condition Removal

July 24, 2007 I-751 sent to NSC

July 27, 2007 I-751 received by NSC

Aug 09, 2007 Check Cleared, No NOA

Aug 11, 2007 I-797C(NOA) Arrived Home

Aug 27, 2007 Biometrics Letter came

Sep 05, 2007 Biometrics Taken

Nov 22, 2007 Request for Evidence letter arrived (Prepairing documents)

Jan 17, 2008 More Evidence Sent to NSC

Feb 08, 2008 New Card Order E-mail Received

Feb 12, 2008 Application Approved E-mail Received

Feb 14, 2008 New Card Arrived


Jun 27, 2008 N-400 Package Sent

Jun 30, 2008 N-400 Package Delivered (USPS Website)

July 10, 2008 Received NOA

July 14, 2008 Received Biometrics Letter for Jul 25

July 25, 2008 Biometrics Appointment

Aug 14, 2008 Received Interview Letter for Sep 24

Sep 24, 2008 Interview Appointment

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This has got to be a FAQ.

You will receive a notice of receipt for the form stating that "Your alien card is extended one year - employment and travel authorized". Keep the receipt with your green card. If by some chance you are not approved within a year you will want to make an InfoPass appointment to go to your Local Office to request an I-551 stamp in your passport. This does happen as it sometimes it takes over a year to be approved. After your NOA extension expires, this is your only evidence of legal status which you are required to have, by law. This happens occasionally, that a case takes over a year, but it's rare. Local Offices will not give an I-551 stamp is you have another type of evidence of status (ie, expired Green Card + extension letter).

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I just got back from a trip abroad and, while it took a few extra minutes at immigration (I had to go to the "special processing" area), everything went smoothly with my expired GC and NOA extension letter. The immigration official asked me why I didn't have an I-551 stamp in my passport, so I had to point out that Boston doesn't do this unless my NOA has expired (you'd think that immigration officials would actually know what's going on!!) and that Vermont is processing I-751 applications *very* slowly ... Oh, he didn't give me an I-551 stamp btw, just the usual entry stamp.

Have a fun trip -- you'll be fine getting home -- just don't forget your GC and NOA letter!!! :)

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09-03-1999: Arrive in US on F1 visa - later changed to J1 after graduation

09-04-1999: Met future hubby (still can't agree on which pub we met in)

10-23-2003: Got engaged!

10-24-2003: Submitted I-129F visa petition to VSC - approved 12-17-03

02-18-2004: Medical done and K1 visa issued in London - returned to US 02-29-04

04-16-2004: Got married!

05-03-2004: Submitted AOS/EAD/AP to Boston - NOA 05-06-04

06-02-2004: Biometrics done

07-30-2004: EAD approved & received card

07-31-2004: AP approved - letter arrived 08-05-04

02-19-2005: AOS Interview letter arrived

05-09-2005: AOS interview (374 days from filing) - PR card arrived 05-12-05

02-10-2007: Submitted I-751 petition to VSC - NOA 02-22-07

03-23-2007: Biometrics done

08-08-2007: I-751 approved

02-09-2008: Fed Ex'd N-400 to VSC - cheque cashed 02-13-08 - received NOA 02-22-08

02-11-2008: "Received / Priority Date" (02-15-08: "Notice Date")

03-07-2008: Biometrics done

04-25-2008: Interview letter arrived

06-12-2008: Interview - success!

09-04-2008: Oath

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