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Thread: No more temp I-551 stamps

  1. #1
    This appeared on BE tonight:

    I just returned from a local district liaison workgroup. The District has just learned and told us today that as of October 26, 2004, the CIS will no longer issue temporary I-551 stamps. This is a national directive due to the ease with which the stamps can be forged.
    Certified Specialist
    Immigration & Nationality Law
    Calif. Bar Board of Legal Specialization

  2. #2
    If this is true.. then they better provide something for people with I-797 who need to traval ASAP!!!!
    Those CIS people are funny, they always come up with some kind of stupId measures without taking interim provisions!

  3. #3
    It affects a lot of people:

    People who have successfully adjusted status.

    People who are waiting to remove conditions and have filed an I-751 but their NOA has expired.

    People entering for the first time on a CR1/IR1 through DCF.

    Anyone who has been approved for LPR status but is waiting for the physical card to arrive.

    Apparently, it's an issue of national security since the stamps are too easily replicated.

  4. #4
    Is this a joke or you are really serious.

  5. #5

  6. #6
    Is this the stamp you get on your passport when you go for the adj. of status interview?
    If they don't give the stamp then the person cannot travel until they get actual card, which in Atlanta it's about a year.
    Do I understand this correctly?
    Are you absolutely sure?

  7. #7
    Yes AJ.

    That is the implication. No more temp I-551 stamps following adjustment of status. In other words, no proof of status until card arrives in the mail.

    You can read the follow-up messages by the immigration attorney on the link I provided above. This is real man.

  8. #8
    Hey Sphy, If my I-751 NOA has expired, what documents would I show as proof at the Canadian border if I want to travel? At this point, all I would have is an expired NOA and an expired this enough proof for travelling?

  9. #9
    No one really knows how it's going to work yet. You could go get a stamp before the 26th so you have it. Presumably, officers at the POE will have access to your file electronically to verify that you are in status.

    The other issue is that POEs are now under jurisdiction of Customs & Border Protection. The attorney in question was told that USCIS was changing their policy. So, no one knows what CBP is going to do.

    And the plot thickens...

  10. #10
    Well I guess everyone will be on the safe side if they just carry on as though none of these changes have taken effect or even been spoken of.
    As the plot thickens, the confusion begins.......LOL

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