Travel Considerations After Filing
After filing Form I-751, conditional residents may travel abroad; however, one must understand the limitations and requirements to maintain their residency status during travel.
Conditional residents should minimize travel after filing Form I-751. They remain authorized to travel abroad, but should carry evidence of their filed petition and the extension of their Green Card validity, as noted by USCIS in January 2023, extending Green Card validity for 48 months post-expiration for those who properly file Form I-751.
Advance Parole Document
If the conditional resident’s Green Card has expired and they have not received the extension notice, they may need an Advance Parole document to re-enter the United States without jeopardizing their status. To obtain this document, one must file Form I-131, Application for Travel Document, with USCIS before leaving the country.
Status of Conditional Residence During Travel
Traveling after filing Form I-751 does not change one’s status as a conditional resident. They are expected to maintain their permanent resident status during their travels by following the proper protocols and being prepared for re-entry into the U.S. with the correct documentation. It’s crucial to keep the physical proof of the status and the pending I-751 to prevent issues upon return.