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How free am I to travel while my I-829 is pending if I have an I-551 stamp?

My I-829 is currently still pending and the receipt expired, so I received the I-551 stamp from USCIS. The stamp will expire in November 2017. Can I travel to Canada with the valid I-551 stamp? What is the best way to go about this and, if I cannot, do I have any other options?

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    Ed Beshara

    Immigration Attorney
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    While the I-829 is being adjudicated, you can travel to any country and return to the U.S.

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    Julia Roussinova

    Immigration Attorney
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    Yes, you can travel on I-551 stamp and a valid passport. You should renew your I-551 stamp before its expiration date prior to any future travel plans.

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    Charles Foster

    Immigration Attorney
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    You are free to travel with an unexpired I-551 stamp provided you return to the United States prior to its expiration date.

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    Bernard P Wolfsdorf

    Immigration Attorney
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    There is absolutely no problem traveling with the stamp. You are still a lawful permanent resident.

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    Ying Lu

    Immigration Attorney
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    Yes, you can travel with a valid I-551 stamp. Just be sure to return before the stamp expires.

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    A Olusanjo Omoniyi

    Immigration Attorney
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    Since your I-551 stamp is valid until November 2017, you can certainly travel outside the United States to Canada.

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    Jinhee Wilde

    Immigration Attorney
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    Your I-551 stamp functions the same as a green card. You may travel freely before the expiration date of that stamp.

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    BoBi Ahn

    Immigration Attorney
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    Yes, with a pending I-829, you may still travel using an unexpired/valid I-551 stamp as temporary proof of permanent residence if your conditional permanent residence has expired upon filing the I-829.

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    Lynne Feldman

    Immigration Attorney
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    You are free to travel. However, if you have a criminal record of any kind, you should consult with legal counsel before doing so.

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