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    California

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    Removing Conditions (approved)
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    Sweden

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  1. I could not figure out how to apply for Global Entry while I had expired 2-year card + my extension letter. I was trying to insert all sorts of dates, but in the end I just had to bite the bullet and wait to apply until I got my ten year GC. After applying for GE, it surprisingly only took something like three months before I was conditionally approved. Of course there were no appointments before 2023 any interview location I could get to, so I'll just have to do the interview when I return to the US from my next trip abroad.
  2. https://www.uscis.gov/tools/meet-emma-our-virtual-assistant In my experience, though, the chat function is worthless. If I recall correctly, I contacted USCIS two times through the chat and was patched through to a Tier 1 agent—neither of whom did anything about the typo on my extension letter. I wasted valuable time I could have used to send a letter to MSC/NBC as shown in this thread or get an InfoPass appointment.
  3. This seems to be an old thread from 2018, so the previous posters might no longer be reading VJ. Did your husband get the personbevis “Utdrag om folkbokföringsuppgifter – 120 med alla relationer” (https://www.skatteverket.se/privat/folkbokforing/bestallpersonbevis/vanligaonskemalfranutlandskamyndigheter.4.3810a01c150939e893f22054.html)? If your marriage is registered with Swedish authorities—as it should be if you guys got married in Sweden—that one should be the personbevis that shows your marital status and the name of your spouse. Edit: Of course get the official English version that Skatteverket can stamp and send to you by mail.
  4. Wow, just wow! Looks like they really didn’t have their procedures worked out. I know in San Pedro there used to be two different subcontractors on cruise days, not sure if it is the same today. I believe one handled Princess, Celebrity, and possibly Royal Caribbean (at the time no RCL ship had a home port in CA). The other one was there for Norwegian. Carnival ships leave from Long Beach 99% of the time. When I worked at a cruise terminal before Covid (part-time, minimum wage), and among other things I was assigned to check for proof of citizenship documents, we did not really get any training how to deal with more complicated documents such as the extension letter. You would basically check in a few passengers together with another minimum wage employee, and after that you were all alone. But since the cruise lines (like airlines) face steep fines the if they let a passenger travel without proper documentation, the supervisors were really adamant that if you were not sure of the documentation, just get a shift leader who will help you. If the shift leader had any additional questions (which seldom was the case), they could call for their supervisor, who in turn could call for the passengers services manager. But if the manager had to come out, you’d most likely be facing denial of boarding. All of those people, though, are/were working for a subcontractor, and not the actual cruise line. Edit: At least back then you wouldn’t see a CBP agent until you arrived back into the US from the “closed loop” cruise.
  5. As others have replied applying for a passport of the country of one’s birth is not an issue. Of course some countries (like China, I assume) may not allow for dual citizenship (= not an issue for removal of conditions), but a foreign citizen does need a valid passport of their country AND a valid green card—or valid passport + expired green card + valid extension letter—to be allowed to board a US-bound flight abroad/re-enter the US. When I applied for a passport at my native country’s consulate in the US during the removal of conditions process last year, they simply asked for proof that I was a citizen of that country (I did not possess a valid passport at the time), state ID/DL, and proof that I was here legally (presented expired green card + extension letter). The only downsides I can think of when it comes to applying for a passport at an embassy/a consulate is that it’s usually more expensive, and receiving it will take longer.
  6. Sorry you had to go through such a hassle. Must be by the discretion of the CBP officer that you were sent to secondary. When we came back to the US last July, I showed my extension letter together the old expired GC at EWR (Newark), and had zero issues. Was not sent to secondary either. Although I came to the CBP booth together with my US citizen wife—if that had anything to do with it. The officer did want to see ALL of the pages of my extension letter, however, even though the important parts are on the first page. He also asked for my country of birth, since that is different from the passport I entered the US with.
  7. I was thinking for the sake of having some data points, how did you guys who ended up with a typo on file, fill your I-751 forms? Did you fill it with computer and then print out the PDF or just write on the forms by hand? I was going to type the forms on computer, and then print them, but for whatever reason I changed my mind thinking, “My handwriting’s pretty legible”…apparently overestimating USCIS in the process 😳 You would think that that even if they utilize machine-based text recognition, SOMEONE actually checks that the applicant’s/petitioner’s name matches with the name on file/under the A number. I guess not… 🤦🏼‍♂️
  8. Yes, as @Crazy Cat said, if this is a joint filing, you MUST have the spouse who signed the I-751 form with you to the interview. Note how that fact is underlined in the interview letter under “Who should come with you?” (A picture of my I-751 interview letter below.)
  9. Happened to me and it was a huge hassle. I made a few different tries to put a service request in through the USCIS Live Chat. Time went on, nothing happened. A new tier 1 agent would take the request, and time would go on, nothing. In the end I called the Service Center, they scheduled a call from Tier 2 agent. Even he was unsure what to do, because he thought he can’t have the NBC send me a new letter. So he scheduled me an Infopass appointment. Once I had that appointment, the rude lady told me I did not qualify for her precious ADIT stamp. She made a call to the National Benefits Center, and in the end they sent me another extension letter with correct spelling. But it was such a waste of time to have to travel there and back for nothing. Once I got the biometrics appointment letter, it too had my last name misspelled. I mentioned it to the contractor who took my biometrics, and he added the correct spelling of my name as an alias. The interview letter had the correct spelling, but I still made sure to double-check with the interviewing officer that my name was correct in the system. I was anxious waiting for the 10-year green card, thinking they would mess that up, too. Surely not the first-hand experience you want to hear, but such a mess for something that was USCIS error to begin with.
  10. I’ve understood the whole time that the testing requirement has only been in force for AIR travel into the US? Of course before November 8 there wasn’t any “unessential” travel over the border either, but when my in-laws have driven over the border for medical appointments (they go like once a month), no-one has ever asked them for a test when returning to the US.
  11. And the problem with the major company call centers, whether an airline, a cruise line or something else, is that they often you give you conflicting, or even straight up inaccurate information, depending on who you ask. When I worked at a cruise terminal (pre-Covid), people were in this predicament all-llll the time. They called said company’s customer “care”, got wrong information (often as to what kind of citizenship information to have), and upon check-in were denied boarding… I would probably trust written information (as in on a company website) more, but with Covid the catch is of course that this information changes constantly.
  12. I heard about this today from my co-worker. We are going to see my parents in Europe around New Year's, meaning it's it likely we have to abide by these regulations as they could come into effect for our return leg... UGH. So if the one-day test is required to be a PCR test rather than an Antigen one, can they also force the airlines to rebook our flights for free if we don't get our test results early enough to board the flight? We have to be tested for Covid once every 7 days at my job, and getting the results usually takes 36-48 hours.
  13. Following this thread. Thank you for the information provided so far. I know I am upping this old topic in a manner that is not usually appreciated at VJ. If I choose to apply for US citizenship in the future (My RoC was just approved), I would be in a similar situation as described in this thread—I am already a dual citizen (in this case, a citizen of two EU countries), and I have been pondering if I would have to be renouncing one of my citizenships in order to apply for US citizenship.
  14. Here’s a copy-paste list with additional evidence we brought to my RoC interview: Here's a list of additional documents we brought with us to the interview: Advance medical directive for both spouses, showing each other as healthcare agents Emergency contact information from work for both Salary warrant recipient designation form, in case I die and there's any outstanding salary still left to pay Employer's health benefit elections for 2022, showing each other as beneficiaries Tax return transcript for tax year 2019, MFJ, due to Covid-related delays we had not received the 2019 transcript when filing for RoC Tax return transcript for tax year 2020, MFJ, 2020 taxes obviously couldn't be filed before sending the RoC package in November 2020 Copy of my state ID and my wife's driver's license, showing same residential address (had I not had this document, officer wanted to copy our IDs at the interview anyway) Rental increase notice issued by the management company, showing the names of both spouses in the same address Joint checking account transactions, covering the period after sending the RoC Copies of four-five rental checks, paid from our joint checking account after sending the RoC Renters’ insurance, showing both spouses as beneficiaries Both spouses mentioned as designated beneficiaries for each other's savings accounts Life insurance coverage through my job, not sent with the original RoC package
  15. Someone else will likely be able to post a link to change in USCIS policy in 2018 or something, meaning virtually all of us who came here on a CR-1 (married to a US Citizen for less than two years on the day you were admitted to the US as a permanent resident) will face an interview. Some I-751 cases are routed to service centers that can recommend the interview to be waived (mostly people who already got an AOS interview), but CR-1s mostly go to MSC = interview scheduling. And I don’t like the thought of people prying into my private matters, ie. asking how you met, sending financial records etc., but this is US immigration so it is what it is. Having to go the interview is frustrating, but if you have a genuine marriage, you’ve got nothing to worry about. I think someone here had the stats that 95% of all I-751 cases are approved. And even if someone isn’t happy with their initial evidence I-751, they can always present more evidence at the interview. If you filed jointly, just remember to take your US citizen spouse with you to the interview 😅
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