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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 01-08-2009, 12:53 PM
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Hi Guys this is my first post and my problem is kind of weird , I entered in the US in 2001 on B1 visa and immediately converted it F1 while I was on F1 I got a job offer and
I then converted to H1 didn't graduate and now am on EAD/AP (never traveled since I entered the country i.e. almost close 8 yrs ) and never out of status, my question Gurus :

1) Can I travel on AP ? Will I have problems at port of entry ( currently I just have my B1 visa stamp and nothing else).
2) Or do you'll think I'll hold on until I get my 1-485 is approved ?
3) recently we were blessed with a baby who was born in the US , do you'll think that would carry some weight when I talk to an IO?(port of entry)

Gurus ! Please suggest I know my story is kind of weird but I have a wedding in March. Your humble opinion is needed please.
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Old 01-08-2009, 01:25 PM
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Travelling on AP needs only your passport and the AP.

Supporting documents could be I-485 receipt, i-140 approval notice, other visa approval notices, recent paystubs and a 2 sentence employement letter from your current job.

Port of Entry is much simpler compared to the consulate. At the consulate, they can deny visa even if you have all the information. At Port of Entry, they are usually just looking to make sure you are coming in with a valid document. So i personally feel you should be Ok to travel.

Having a baby is not going to carry any weight at the port of entry. The IO is looking for validity of documents and not going to yeild for any pleading.

Just slide the AP documents in the photo page of your passport and let the IO know that you are entering on Advance Parole. Do not say more than what is asked for. Do not give more documents until the IO requests. They will ask you if they need. It is very simple.

Typically, they will send you to a secondary inspection. you submit the documents and wait for them to call. They will stamp the AP and give you one copy.

Philadelphia IO officers were very very friendly. I recommend Philadelphia if you are too worried.

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Thanks ! Vin13 for the quick response . This was my big dilemma past 5 years and skipped lot of trips just because I was so nervous to travel . Once again I really appreciate your feed back .
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I was in the same situation where I came on B1 and then moved to H1 after a years wait here. Ultimately got my EAD and AP. Still i was reluctant to travel down to INdia, but had to do to attend a marriage of my wife's brother. So finally after 8 yrs, I went to India and I took all necessary documentation including AP, 485 receipt, H1 approval notice, paystubs. Getting through IAD was a breeze and did not take more than 10 minutes. So don't worry and as long as your AP is valid, you should not worry much.
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Thanks for the info Ram Nara , so on your passport you just have the B1 stamped ?Did they question you at port of entry? Any documents?
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I have been in US for 12 years now starting from F1 to several H1-bs. The IO did not look for anything. He just looked at the photo page for identification, AP copies
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I have traveled twice on same AP since in last 9 months. Once to canada and the other time to India. The immigration office does not look at anything other than your AP and passport. The most they will ask is what do u do and who applied for your green card.
You do not need to worry about anything and can travel freely.
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msandhu ! what was your port of entry ?
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I entered @ Newark in Aug 2008. The experience with using AP was smooth. I even forgot my folder with all my documents (clumsy) at the first desk which was on the lower level and the IO went and got it for me
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Thumbs up Just reentered US using AP

I went out of the country for 7 weeks on vacation and just came back on new years eve, Port of entry: Chicago, the IO (real gentleman) needed only the passport and the AP, did the usual verifications and gave the new I-94, max 10mins.
Note: I also had all the supporting documents which Vin13 mentioned. Thou the IO didnt ask for these documents, its good to have them handy, avoids lots of trouble on both ends.

Have a safe trip.

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Default Got back to USA on 1/7 @ DFW

We got back to USA on 1/7.
POE: Dallas (DFW)
We gave IO only passport and AP, got new I-94 in only 5 mins.

Questions asked by IO:
1. How long were away from USA?
2.How was weather in India ?

Overall the experience with using AP was good.
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We had a very good conversation with IO. He was sympathetic by mentioning that Green Cards can be a long and expensive proceess
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What are the document are required while travelling on AP?
Please let me know what kind of question they ask at POE?

All other kind of information will help me prepare in advance

Thanks
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What are the document are required while travelling on AP?
Please let me know what kind of question they ask at POE?

All other kind of information will help me prepare in advance

Thanks
Please read the first couple of posts on this thread for your answer.
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