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Travel out of country and re-entry during/after 485 filing Travel out of country and re-entry after 485 filing. Various options of travelling and issues that need to be taken care of while filing and after filing 485.

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Old 12-10-2007, 12:16 PM
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Hi All,

Just posting my experience of traveling on AP as a reference for others:

I traveled to Japan on a business visit with all 3 copies of my AP , and on return stood in the normal visitor line. When I came up to the officer, he said I should go to the "new immigrants" line, since only those officers have the necessary parole stamps.

In the other line, the officer said it was good that I brought all three copies, since they stamp all three, keep one original for themselves and return two back. The next time I travel, they will stamp the two I have, keep one and return one to me. After that, they will stamp the one original I have left, and make copies for themselves.

The officer did not ask any special questions, except which city I stay in, the rest of it was just chit-chat.

Simple process, no hassles.

Enjoy!
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Hi All,

Just posting my experience of traveling on AP as a reference for others:

I traveled to Japan on a business visit with all 3 copies of my AP , and on return stood in the normal visitor line. When I came up to the officer, he said I should go to the "new immigrants" line, since only those officers have the necessary parole stamps.

In the other line, the officer said it was good that I brought all three copies, since they stamp all three, keep one original for themselves and return two back. The next time I travel, they will stamp the two I have, keep one and return one to me. After that, they will stamp the one original I have left, and make copies for themselves.

The officer did not ask any special questions, except which city I stay in, the rest of it was just chit-chat.

Simple process, no hassles.

Enjoy!
thanks for sharing the experience. One more question: which port-of-entry was this at? Interesting that it all completed at the main counter, many people ended up in secondary inspection when they used the AP.
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I recall receiving only 2 copies of AP from TSC. Is that normal?
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Default Original or photocopy

Some one few days ago posted that the she was was adviced by the lawyer to hand over Photocopies of AP and keep the original for herself.

So do you have to give them the original or have them take a photocopy of it and give you back the original ?
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I read somewhere that CBP officers are instructed to make a photocopy themselves if 2 originals are not given.

The photocopying is best left to them as the one you make has potential of having been tampered.

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Some one few days ago posted that the she was was adviced by the lawyer to hand over Photocopies of AP and keep the original for herself.

So do you have to give them the original or have them take a photocopy of it and give you back the original ?
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I read somewhere that CBP officers are instructed to make a photocopy themselves if 2 originals are not given.

The photocopying is best left to them as the one you make has potential of having been tampered.
TSC is giving out 2 original copies. I think it would be better to leave atleast one original to CBP officer at POE. Better record keeping on their end is good for future travel. There are designated counters with parole stamp so it is almost gaurenteed that you will be sent to a different counter from visitors line.
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The first time, my husband and I were asked all kinds of questions by the secondary CIS officer at LAX, and was asked NOT to do our own copies of the original AP, that we are not supposed to do copies of official documents. He kept and use our copies anyway. The stamp in the AP extended it for a year after this entry.

Two weeks later, upon arriving again at LAX, the secondary CIS officer did not ask any questions and did not make copies of the AP. We just got another stamp on the original one extending its validity again for one year from date of entry. It went pretty fast.
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Default 2 Copies of AP

I got only 2 copies of AP from TSC. I might have to go to India multiple times in coming months (more that 2). Will the POE officer take the original AP on each entry? Is there any USCIS/CBP reference/guidelines that instructs the POE officer to take the copies and leave the orignals with us? Any help appriciated

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I got only 2 copies of AP from TSC. I might have to go to India multiple times in coming months (more that 2). Will the POE officer take the original AP on each entry? Is there any USCIS/CBP reference/guidelines that instructs the POE officer to take the copies and leave the orignals with us? Any help appriciated

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Give them one orginal. Subsequent trips, just tell them that you have only one original and they will make copies. Some body posted a memo but i am telling you from my personal experience that they do not insist for original if you dont want to give them one.
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Give them one orginal. Subsequent trips, just tell them that you have only one original and they will make copies. Some body posted a memo but i am telling you from my personal experience that they do not insist for original if you dont want to give them one.
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I have a dumb question, do they finger print you( similar to non-immigrant category) when you enter using AP?
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Friends - Do they ask for I-485 receipts at the port of entry while returning on AP?
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I entered the US at LAX from my vacations using AP. It was very smooth. I was asked to go to a different line and the whole process took like 2 minutes.
The officer stamped one of the 3 copies of my AP and returned it back to me. So I still have all 3 copies of my AP.
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No questions asked about visa or 485. Just had to show my passport and AP document
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No questions asked about visa or 485. Just had to show my passport and AP document

Thanks for the response. My wife has started working on EAD. So when she comes back, will she have to enter on AP? And as you said, they would not ask for I-485 receipts...Correct? I don't have I-485 receipts and I am just scared that if they ask for it, and I don't have it, then what happens...

Do you know of someone who was asked for the I-485 receipts on their way back?
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