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HI i have my AOS interview on the 13th Feb and just wanted to find out exactly what the green card is. Is it something that is stamped in to your passport or is it a plastic card you can carry around in your wallet.

Reason i ask is i'm 9 months pregnant - baby due in a few weeks and i want to go back to the UK to visit around June time. My daughter will have a US & UK passport but her surname will be different than mine. Which might cause problems getting in and out of the country.

My passport is stil in my maiden name and I'm worried that if i send my passport off to the UK Embassy to change names on it they will keep the old passport and send me a new one with nothing in it and then i've lost my green card (if its stamped in your passport)

Any other Brits out there that have changed their name on their passports that can shed some light for me.


married 21st may 2005


June found out I am pregant

July 28th Filed for AOS

Aug 1st NOA 1

Oct 05 Still waiting for appointment letter for Biometrics

Nov1st Infopass appointment booked - hopefully get Biometrics done then.[/color]

27th Oct 05 - Recieved AOS bio appt for 7th Dec- Jacksonville- waited 94 days for letter

7th Dec Biometrics taken

20th Dec - EAD work card arrived

Jan 8th - Recieved AOS interview letter

13th Feb - AOS interview and Approved- Green Card in Mail , stamp in passport

23rd Feb - Baby Daughter arrived - named her Devon


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Best wishes on the baby!

The green card is a card ... looks like an ID, just like the EAD but fancier. So, you won't have to worry about your new passport being "empty". I believe they will also return your old passport to you so that you will still have an old record of your previous trips.

08/17/08: Mailed N400 to TSC

08/19/08: USPS attempted delivery

08/20/08: TSC received N400

08/21/08: TSC cashed check

09/02/08: Received NOA...........Priority date: 08/20/08

..............................................Notice date : 08/22/08

09/02/08: Received Biometrics Notification

09/18/08: Biometrics completed - Charlotte DO

10/24/08: Received Interview Letter

12/08/08: Interview @ 1:00pm. APPROVED!

01/05/09: Oath Ceremony 10:00AM. Now officially a USC!!!


01/17/09: Applied for US Passport and passport card

01/28/09: Received US Passport

01/29/09: Received US passport card

01/29/09: Received naturalization certificate back from passport office

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I got a new UK passport in my married name... they will return your old passport to you with your new one... it only took 2 weeks to get my new one...

Good Luck with the baby....


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YOu should not have any problem, just for safety safe or if concern i would carry a copy of the marriage certificate, leaving the US is no biggie coming back sometimes you get a snag at the poe, but with your green card on hand you are fine to go! once they enter your name on the computer with the Green card all the info will show up.

Gone but not Forgotten!

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When you get a new passport they usually cut the corner of the old one and stamp every page 'expired' or 'invalid' but then they give it back to you because it's a record of when and where you travelled and it has your visa etc in it. The green 'card' is a little white card like the EAD only with some hologram stuff on the back and it goes in your purse.

Karen - Melbourne, Australia/John - Florida, USA

- Proposal (20 August 2000) to marriage (19 December 2004) - 4 years, 3 months, 25 days (1,578 days)

STAGE 1 - Applying for K1 (15 September 2003) to K1 Approval (13 July 2004) - 9 months, 29 days (303 days)

STAGE 2A - Arriving in US (4 Nov 2004) to AOS Application (16 April 2005) - 5 months, 13 days (164 days)

STAGE 2B - Applying for AOS to GC Approval - 9 months, 4 days (279 days)

STAGE 3 - Lifting Conditions. Filing (19 Dec 2007) to Approval (December 11 2008)

STAGE 4 - CITIZENSHIP (filing under 5-year rule - residency start date on green card Jan 11th, 2006)

*N400 filed December 15, 2011

*Interview March 12, 2012

*Oath Ceremony March 23, 2012.

ALL DONE!!!!!!!!

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