I hv successfully applied to immigrate to USA and now arrive at New York.
However, on my passport, there's no so called "temporary green card stamp" with green card no.
I hv relative who immigrated to here years ago as well, but she receive the green card at the instant she entered USA and there were 2 new stamps on her passport, one was green card stamp with green card no. hand-written on it.
Has the law changed? Why don't I hv the stamp as well?
I want to go back to hk(urgent) a week after. But the lawyer-assistant said leaving USA without greencard, probably u couldn't come back, and there were many such cases, as there will be a record "leaving USA" which implies that u don't want to stay in USA.
What can I do? Help me!!!
- GaryLv 710 年前最愛解答
In the old time, the visa is not inside the passport. So 2 stamps are used.
Now since the visa is put inside the passport, only 1 stamp is required.
If you check your passport (should be the same page, or pages before or after the visa), you should able to see a stamp saying "Department of Homeland Security - Admitted". This is the stamp to validate your visa.
In this case, your visa is in fact your temporary Permanent Resident Card with the stamp as the visa said (above the machine-readable code), "UPON ENDORSEMENT SERVES AS TEMPORARY I-551 EVIDENCING PERMANENT RESIDENCE FOR 1 YEAR".
As soon as you don't intend to leave more than 6 months, you are in fact good to go.
- ChiLv 510 年前
1. The endorsement for TEMPORARY I-551 used to be in form of stamp. I saw it in my wife's passport. Not sure if they ever changed its looking, or changed the number of stamps from 2 to 1... Well... The important is to look for anything saying about "ENDORSEMENT of TEMPORARY I-551" or related words in you passport... It would be quite a big mistake if the officer forgot about it, but after all they are human who may make mistake too.
2. In case you are really an unlucky person which the officer made mistake, Here is the address of the Immigration office in Manhattan New York. It's right next to Chinatown about 5-10 minutes of walk. I think it should be the right office to ask. You may make appointment online at http://www.uscis.gov,/ and go there to ask a question in person (not sure if appointment is needed for just general questions.)
The US immigration office is at:
26 Federal Plaza
New York, NY 10278
3. The "26 Federal Plaza" also has a social security office in it. You may want to go there for your social security Number and card as well. You need for SSN in USA for everything. It's like your HKID. So, maybe you can kill 2 birds in 1 stone for going there. If you cannot find the endsorment, ask an officer in there about it. (Without the Temporary I-551, the SS office won't give you an SSN that allows you to work in the first place.) They should know where the endorsment is if it is in new format.
Just remember that you must have at least over 18x days each year in US in order to keep your GC in valid. If not, the government may take away your green card even after you have the physical card.
- ?Lv 710 年前
in case, you really have nothing at all. you can go back to immigration office, the one near Chinatown, fredal plaze is easy to find. tell them the problem ---- the customs forgot stamp your visa. sure they can be fix it.