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What should I do if my CPR extension status has expired but I am not planning to travel?

I filed an I-829 but after 2 years I am still waiting for approval. My I-829 receipt notice extending my CPR for 18 months has also expired. I am living and working in the U.S. and am not likely to travel outside the U.S. in future. Is it necessary for me to get an info pass appointment and get my passport stamped every year thus being able to prove the extension of my CPR? What should I do in my situation?

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    Salvatore Picataggio

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    It usually is advisable to have proof of status at all times.

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    Belma Demirovic Chinchoy

    Immigration Attorney
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    There is no requirement for you to get a 551 stamp.

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    Stephen Berman

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    You do not need to get any proof of your pending application unless you need to travel or you are finding a new job. Or if you need it for a driver''s license.

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    Fredrick W Voigtmann

    Immigration Attorney
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    You should have evidence of your continuing lawful permanent resident status even if you are not planning to travel and/or you do not require it for employment. While your status does not end when your stamp or extension receipt expires, U.S. immigration law requires you to carry evidence of your lawful permanent resident status with you at all times.

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    Bernard P Wolfsdorf

    Immigration Attorney
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    While technically all green card holders need to carry evidence of their status; if you do not need to travel or extends your driver''s license then you do not need to get the temporary green card stamp.

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    Phuong Le

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    I know it''s a pain, but you should make an INFOPASS appointment to get an I-551 stamp. Number one, you always need proof of legal status with you. Two, file this under the category of "maybe inconvenient, but you''ll be thankful you did it" because if there''s ever a situation where you actually need that stamp, you will be scrambling and trying to make an appointment that may or may not work for your urgent situation. The only guarantees here are that it may take longer and longer for the USCIS to issue receipt notices, PR cards, and etc. On the other hand, not hard to be prepared in this situation and the workaround is simple and entirely in your hands.

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    Lynne Feldman

    Immigration Attorney
    Answered on

    Most people do get the INFOPASS as your employer should ask for this to update their I-9. Who knows if you need to travel unexpectedly. I recommend it.