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    Hi all,

    I hope someone can help me out on this one. I overstayed my visa and I know I can not travel outside the USA otherwise they won't let me back in. My question is can I use my passport as a form of ID for traveling within USA? has anyone done this before? Would they let me board if they see the expired visa or would they call the cops or INS? Please advice as I need to fly to San Francisco for an emergency. Thank you in advance.

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    Hi all,

    I hope someone can help me out on this one. I overstayed my visa and I know I can not travel outside the USA otherwise they won't let me back in. My question is can I use my passport as a form of ID for traveling within USA? has anyone done this before? Would they let me board if they see the expired visa or would they call the cops or INS? Please advice as I need to fly to San Francisco for an emergency. Thank you in advance.

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    • #3
      Some years ago I used my passport as an ID and all they did was just look at the picture. I do not know what happens since 9/11. I know though that now if you have a foreign name - even if it does not sound arabic or mid eastish - they will seach your bags and turn everything up side down.

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      • #4
        a valid foreign passport is a form of ID. You'll be fine

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        • #5
          Your visa shows the time that you have to enter the country. There are many ways that one can be in status despite an expired visa, I-94, or even LPR stamp. It takes immigration professionals years to fully learn all the ways that one can be in status. It is inappropriate for anyone aside from ICE to ask. But in reality the only part anyone wants to see is the photo page, in general. The only exceptions are government agencies that are passing new laws requiring proof of status, and you will know who they are. There plenty of LPRs out there who only have a lousy piece of paper that shows they are currently in status.

          Bottom line- don't worry.

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