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Thread: How long to get GreenCard after being approved?

  1. #1
    My application for GreenCard has been approved on July 2004, and I've been waiting for 5 more months then contacted INS to ask how longer do I have to wait to have my green card. They sent a letter saying: "...Your case was approved ...Your file has been sent for the last step in producing your green card. It could take 12-18 months to finalize...." One year to 1.5 years???
    I wonder if it is normal pace to wait that long to get a green card after it is being approved?

    Another question is: I already have stamp (expired Dec 2005) on my passport (expired 2007). So is there any risk for me to travel abroad for 1 month? I particularly concern about re-entering US, and/or any negative impact on the "soon-to-have" green card?
    Please, give me some advise- really appreciate.

  2. #2
    My application for GreenCard has been approved on July 2004, and I've been waiting for 5 more months then contacted INS to ask how longer do I have to wait to have my green card. They sent a letter saying: "...Your case was approved ...Your file has been sent for the last step in producing your green card. It could take 12-18 months to finalize...." One year to 1.5 years???
    I wonder if it is normal pace to wait that long to get a green card after it is being approved?

    Another question is: I already have stamp (expired Dec 2005) on my passport (expired 2007). So is there any risk for me to travel abroad for 1 month? I particularly concern about re-entering US, and/or any negative impact on the "soon-to-have" green card?
    Please, give me some advise- really appreciate.

  3. #3
    Yes, it may take that long to get GC.

    Your stamp I-551 in the passport is as good as physical Green Card for travel.

  4. #4
    Marvin,

    You would need to get the I-551 stamp renewed if it is already expired (Dec 2004). But if you mean 'expires 2005' then you are OK.

    ARQU

  5. #5
    Aibolit, thanks for your inputs.

    Arqu, yep - mine is Dec, 2005.

    Still, any possibity that an abroad trip may have an impact (the negative one i.e. delaying) on the green card process?

  6. #6

  7. #7
    I personally see it strange. I got mine just 21 days after approval. Again, it depens on the local district I guess.

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