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  1. My father recently traveled to Europe for a business trip and had his laptop bag stolen while catching a train in Brussels. Unfortunately, aside from his laptop, the bag also contained ALL his travel paperwork (EAD, Advance Parole, Indian passport, you name it...). He approached the U.S. embassy the day after, and was given the cold shoulder as many AOS travelers have come to expect. However, he was able to convince them to work with them via a method I will detail further along this post. While we were scrambling to figure out what to do next (as you may be doing now) I compiled a list of options, from most ideal to worst case scenario, by scouring through all the forums. Therefore, I wanted to create a centralized post which contains all methods that I read have worked in the past (with varying success probabilities...) including the personal method that worked for us. Options (Best to worst case scenario): 1. Visit U.S. embassy: The EAD card that you receive in the mail (after each renewal period) comes attached to a letter with personal information in the front and generic information in the back. I scanned the front and back of this letter and sent it to my father in Europe. The key part in this letter is in the generic part which says that the U.S. embassy will assist you if you lose your combo card while abroad (the back of the letter with the line, highlighted, has been attached to this post). You'll need to scan over the letter that YOU received with the front part that contains your personal information along with the back portion. My father was able to convince the workers at the embassy that they were supposed to help him, according to the rights he earned associated with the card. The embassy are ONLY familiar with Greencard holders and American citizens. Thus, they usually do not help any other type of visa holders because there's too many visa types and too many unique details associated with each visa that they end up dismissing everyone who's not a citizen nor a permanent resident. However, my father was able to show that his combo card came with the right to assistance from the U.S. embassy. The Embassy employees were very understading from that point forward and very helpful as weel. His trip was only extended by one extra week on aggregate. That being said, AOS travelers with lost paperwork are known to be in a "grey area" because what works for one individual, may not necessarily work for another individual. Thus, I have listed other options that I have read have also worked for other people in the past. 2. Customs Border Patrol (CBP) has hotline —> Regional Carrier Liaison Group (RCLG). Talk to airline to call RCLG to confirm that CBP will approve entry into US Entry into the U.S. up to the discretion of CBP and if you can prove to them that you had a valid AP (copy of the card or the approval letter) they will let you in at the POE. the airlines are the biggest problem because they have most to lose if you're not allowed the entry (because they’re fined by the CBP). Thus, boarding a plane is hard. Thus, if you can get the OK from CBP prior to boarding, and get the airline to see that approval then the airline will let you board. Therefore, this option does not deal with the US Embassy nor USCIS. The Embassy merely provides the documentation that CBP and airlines use to let you travel; you physically interact only with airlines and CBP. So if you can individually convince the CBP and airlines that you are indeed legitamate, then you can travel without the parole. The CBP officers at the POE to be perfectly understanding and the easiest of parties to deal with based off experiences I read in other forums) . 3. Pre-clearance Locations - if the airport has pre-clearance, then you can get to CBP that way. they have CBP officers at international airports Canada, UAE, Dublin and more. CBP Officers conduct the same immigration, customs, and agriculture inspections of international air travelers typically performed upon arrival in the United States before departure from foreign airports. 4. Take a flight to Canada/ Mexico. Try to drive across border. As I said POE seems to be the easiest hurdle. Physically getting back to the border seems to be the hardest part. 5. Apply for Humanitarian Parole. But coming in under a different designation may null disqualify your greencard application. So you'll have to look more into it...
  2. We are getting pretty frustrated. My wife really wants to work, we have a 3 year old that goes to preschool and she wants to help support her family back home. I looked into getting her EAD expedited and since she is unskilled worker chances look slim. Can anybody give me an idea what to expect or some advice to get things moving? We got the receipts and never had any RFA (which is good) but our time is taking much longer than some of our other friends.
  3. I'm married to a USC and we filed for AOS in August 2017 and are still waiting for the interview to be scheduled. I was approved for EAD/Travel in November and had to travel earlier this year to visit family for an emergency and ended up staying for a few months. Long story short, the day of my flight I realized I didn't have my combo card (advance parole) and was unable to board the flight. The US Embassy said they could not issue a transportation letter since I am not a Lawful Permanent Resident and the USCIS field office told my husband they could not issue an emergency parole document without me being present. Has anyone been in a similar situation? Please advise, as AOS is kind of a grey area the embassy won't touch the case. I have a picture of the card and my approval notices for travel and employment but they seem to be of no use. PLEASE HELP.
  4. Hi, With current AOS pending and being an Indian citizen, can we travel from India to USA through Paris CDG airport with a EAD/AP combo card? I am reading several forums where European countries will not accept EAD/AP combo card as a valid re-entry document to the US, but rather require a valid US visa. Is this true? If it is not possible to travel to the US with the combo card through Paris, what other airline options do we have? Has anyone made any international travel recently using the combo card? Kindly share your experiences and suggestions. Thanks.
  5. Hi everyone, first I would like to say I have been Visa Journey throughout my whole immigration process and would like to thank everyone for their help. It is a great community. Question: If I am a Canadian citizen with a valid Canadian passport, can I fly to Toronto, Canada (from Philadelphia, USA) using only my passport? This might be a stupid question, but the more research I do, the more confusing everything becomes. I received my Combo Card/Advance Parole about a month ago. I want to visit Canada late December for 1 week. I know my Combo Card should allow me to re-enter into the United States. But I started reading topics regarding people needing an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to enter/fly into Canada. In my mind, my Canadian passport should be enough, correct? I have never flown internationally, only domestic flights. So I guess I am a bit unfamiliar with how the process will go. Such as customs, or where/when I need to present my combo card. Any information or experiences would help me greatly and ease my mind. Thank you! (I have immigrated on a K-1 Fiance Visa in February 2018)
  6. Hello everyone. I have an EAD/AP (Advanced Parole) combo card and I am hoping to travelling to Nigeria in a few weeks. I really want to go, and I have a few specific questions 1. What are my options if for any reason I get denied entry to the US at port of entry? also what are my options if as I leave Nigeria, I am not allowed to board the plane. Could the travel officers in Nigeria not recognize the EAD/AP combo card as a valid travel document? 2. I have another question about unlawful presence in the US. I was initially on a H1. I applied for a change of status from a H1 to a B2 in September 2017. This B2 got approved in June 2018. The approval dates for the B2 are from 10/02/2018 - 04/01/2019. whilst the B2 was pending My wife and I applied for a green card through marriage in April 2018. Is there any chance of my being held from entry, when trying to come in to the US, for unlawful presence in the US? Specifically with regards to my wait for approval of B2 status between September 2017 and April 2018. Thank you!
  7. Hello, everyone! I want to apologize if my question is stupid but we just can’t help ourselves sometimes when we’re stressed about something. We had our I-485 interview (from k1) yesterday in New Orleans, LA! First of all, It lasted a lot longer than we anticipated, about 20-30 minutes. We were sworn in at first and then we were asked questions from I-485 to verify my identity, including some of those yes/no questions. While answering those question I realized that I made a mistake when filling the form out. There was a question in there saying “Have you ever been denied a US visa?” and for some reason I completely missed that and aswered “no” but I did correct myself during the interview and I told the officer about the last time I was denied. After all those questions, he started asking us about our relationship. Here’s some of the questions: - When did you meet and where? Spring 2016, on twitter - Can you explain in more details? I dmed my wife and later on we exchanged our phone numbers and started texting and FaceTiming - when and where did you meet in person? My wife visited me in Russia in December 2016 - When did you move in together? As soon as I got to the United States - Where and when was the wedding? July 17, at our lake house - Where do you live now? We live in my wife’s house - Does anyone live with you? Yea, my mother-in-law - Are you currently employed? No - what about your wife? (I explained to him what her job was) - Is your name on the house? No, we’re selling it cuz we’re about to move to NYC plus the house is still financed and there’s no way to change the deed - Why are you moving? Job opportunities for us and also I might go back to school. After questioning us, he asked if we had something to add to our case and so we did. We gave him our photo book with the all the pictures we took since I arrived in the United States. We also provided statements from two of our bank accounts, business and personal, water, light and phone bills, our joint tax return for 2017, letters from friends and family with both of our names on it, affidavit letters of support from our friends and family and copies of our driver’s licenses with the same last name and address on them. At the end I asked him if he needed my medical and he asked if it was more than a year since the last one to which I said “yes” so I gave it to him. I also asked if he was going to take my EAD/AP card but he said there’s no point in that since it’s gonna expire in less than 2 months which is how long it’s probably gonna take for me to get my green card if I’m approved. He also said they needed to get some background checks done so I should just wait for more information in the mail which should take about 2 - 3 weeks. That’s about it when it comes to our interview. We walked out of there being really confused. We still have no idea if we were approved or not. It’s been a day since the interview now and the case status hasn’t changed. It still says “Interview was scheduled”. I would say the interview went well, the officer was really nice and professional. He even told me about how he went to school to learn Russian and he even spoke some for us. I just had a feeling that he was new or something since I had to be the one to remind him about my medical and ead/ap card. The fact that he never took my combo card is what stresses me out. It seems like they’re not done with us or something. Can you guys let me know what you think about our interview? Does sound like we were denied/approved etc.? We’re really stressed right now and we have no idea what to think. Thank you so much!!! I appreciate all the help I can get!
  8. Hello! I'm currently filing for my EAD/AP combo card renewal and I'm stuck at the last port/date of entry question in the application. I initially entered the US on k1 visa on July 3rd, 2017 in Atlanta, GA. However, I also went on a 5 day cruise (New Orleans - Mexico - New Orleans) that lasted from Jan 29, 2018 to Feb 3, 2018. The travel history in my I-94 shows my initial port of entry (Atalanta, GA) and the departure in January 2018 for my cruise (doesn't say the specific location though, it just says "unknown") but it doesn't show the arrival. The thing is when I arrived in New Orleans from the cruise, they never checked any of my documents. They didn't scan anything or ran anything through their system so this whole situation is really confusing to me. Now I'm not sure what to say on my application. Do I put July 3rd, 2017, Atlanta, GA or do I put Feb 3, 2018 , New Orleans, LA? I'd really appreciate any help! Thank you!
  9. I've applied for my temporary green card (adjustment of status, i-485 from K-1 visa) in December, last year. This week, I received my combo card (which both includes work permit and advance parole). I know that the card says that this card "does not guarantee re-entry to the United States" but I have also seen A LOT of people who have traveled outside the country with the same case as mine. I want to know if it is safe to travel outside of the country for a month as I am planning to visit my family. If you can share your experiences or know anything about the current situations regarding my case (relating to any new immigration news or drafts signed, etc), PLEASE share! Thanks in advance .
  10. Hello, I went to my biometrics appointment on february 26th and the lady told me that within 90 days I'd get my combo card. It's past that I have no idea where to call. Thank you!!
  11. Hi everyone, My ead application was approved on March 13 but haven't heard anything yet regarding card production. System only says Approved. Does anyone have an idea? I saw people waiting 60+ days to get the card when similar situation happens. While most people are lucky to get it in hand in 5-10 days. Should I worry? What are your thoughts? Thank you very much.
  12. Is here had anyone can share experience to me: 1: how long did it takes to receive green card interview notice after received combo card? 2: how long did it takes to receive green card without intervention ? my agency told me it only takes around 2months to receive green card after combo card in general, not so sure is it true. I wish
  13. Hi everyone, Thank you for all your wise advice on this forum. It has helped us a lot. Just wanted to get your input on this matter: We filed for adjustment of status, EAD/AP in mid January. Finished biometrics in early Feb. No updates on our application since then. Fortunately, no RFEs so far either. We are at around Day 65. My wife is the one applying for adjustment of status and her H1B expires in July 2018. She received a job offer already with start date in July-August 2018. If we submit request to expedite the EAD based on employment opportunity/financial loss, will the AP get processed at the same time? That is, if we ask for expediting EAD, will she get her combo card? We look forward to your input, VJers! Thanks.
  14. Hi everyone, I got the EAC/AP approval mail on 12/11/17 and it says these were approved on 12/7/17. I haven't gotten my combo card in hand yet. so I called USCIS, but they told me i need to wait upto 30 days... I thought the card is ordered and produced when it's approved.... is it ordered long after approval??? I saw a lot of people getting the actual card in 7 days usually after getting approval mail.
  15. Hi, I got an EAD/AP approval mail last monday (12/11/2017). I just called USCIS today and they said they didn't even sent my card yet so they don't have the tracking number. Did this happen to anyone?
  16. Hi, everyone! I just received my combo card yesterday, but still not so sure will I need to have a interview or not:( Is here has any one can tell me when did you receive the interview notice after received the combo card? I’m plan to back to China to hold my wedding there by the end of January the agency told me it takes 2 months to receive a green card after received combo card without interview, but seems I couldn’t know do I need a interview until I get the green card:(