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  1. I just went to the California DMV with my husband to get his driver's license, we had all the necessary documents, or so we thought. The person helping us looked at his Brazilian passport, and said that the stamp endorsing the CR-1 visa was "not an I-551 stamp" according to the very old policy manuals. For a number of years now the visa itself has a statement near the bottom that reads "Upon Endorsement Serves as Temporary I-551 Evidencing Permanent Residency for 1 Year." Meaning that a simple entry stamp at POE with the date and status (CR-1) and Alien number is the endorsement referred to on the visa. I asked for a supervisor, so she went and spoke with her boss. Then came back and looked on her computer some more. In the end she said, "sorry, this stamp in the passport has to specifically say "processed for I-551. I cannot give you a driver's license until you have this or a green card." We drove to the Sacramento Airport to try and get a stamp that would satisfy this but could not speak with a CBP officer. Our only option now is to try for an appointment at an USCIS office and get something that a California DMV might accept. Or return to the same or different DMV and try to explain to them that the entry stamp is all that is needed to endorse the I-551 already stated on the visa. Any suggestions anyone?? This is very frustrating to say the least....
  2. Hello. I recently lost my vital documents. I have been a permanent resident since 2005 and my GC is not supposed to expire till 2025. I filed for a GC replacement this week but received a job offer and need to work. I know that USCIS issues I-551 stamps on unexpired passports but what can i use to show legal status if i do not have a passport right now. Am i able to show my Notice of Action to my employer? Please help! Thank you.
  3. Hi all, I have been struggling to find the answer to my question and was hoping someone may know the answer. I understand that a (valid) I-551 stamp in an expired passport, when presented along with a valid passport, is deemed acceptable for entry back into the US. However, my passport has been declared damaged (however, the page with the I-551 stamp, as well as the page with my information, are both completely intact). I am currently outwith the US so getting another stamp is not a possibility. Will I be ok to present my damaged passport (with the intact stamp) as proof of residency (I would really like to avoid the hassle of filing for a form I-131A) when I return to the US? I know you are definitely supposed to file form I-131A if the greencard/I-551 is damaged, but technically my I-551 itself is intact, it is just the document to which it is affixed that is damaged. Thank you very much in advance for all help!
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