I have filed
Form I-751 for Petition to Remove the Conditions of Residence, now the
application is pending. My temporary marriage based Green Card has
expired. If I want to travel internationally, what should I do?
A few weeks after USCIS receives your
complete Form I-751 application, it will send you a receipt noticed
called I-797C, Notice of Action. It is a very important document. It
extends your residency for another 1 year while the application is
pending. It is your only proof of legal status until the application
gets approved and can be used for employment, travel and other
purposes. You must also carry your expired green card at the same time
as it has your photo on it.
Before you travel internationally, it is advisable to visit your local
USCIS office and get an I-551 stamp in your passport. Bring your
unexpired passport, expired green card, and your receipt notice. USCIS
will take your green card, and they will stamp I-551 in your passport.
This stamp will serve as evidence of your status, and will be valid for
another 1 year. If your receipt notice expires before your application
gets approved, you can get an I-551 stamp as well.