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Question about arrival record stamped on passport

Old Oct 25th 2004, 12:10 pm
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Trent Bhaiya
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Hi:

I have a question about arrival record stamped on my passport; any replies
would be sincerely appreciated. Here's the situation:

I and my wife are Green Card holders (for about 3 years now) in US. Last
months we landed at Chicago airport after a vacation in India. At the
immigration desk, the officer asked how long we've been out of the country -
I replied that I'd been out for a month & my wife was out for 2 months. She
stamped the passports & admitted us.

Later at home - when I was examining the passport, I found the following
stamped on our passports.
ADMITTED OCT 21 2004 CLASS ____ UNTIL____
With the following scribbled:
Mine: ARC 1 MONTH
Wife: ARC 2 MONTHS

The ARC is scribbled near the CLASS & the number of months under it (next to
UNTIL). Does this mean we've been admitted only for 1 or 2 months? Does this
need to be fixed? Or is it a standard procedure - indicating how long we
stayed out of the country?

I would appreciate responses from anyone in the know.
Thanks much,
TB
 
Old Oct 25th 2004, 4:07 pm
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On Tue, 26 Oct 2004 00:10:55 +0000, Trent Bhaiya wrote:

    > Hi:
    >
    > I have a question about arrival record stamped on my passport; any replies
    > would be sincerely appreciated. Here's the situation:
    >
    > I and my wife are Green Card holders (for about 3 years now) in US. Last
    > months we landed at Chicago airport after a vacation in India. At the
    > immigration desk, the officer asked how long we've been out of the country -
    > I replied that I'd been out for a month & my wife was out for 2 months. She
    > stamped the passports & admitted us.
    >
    > Later at home - when I was examining the passport, I found the following
    > stamped on our passports.
    > ADMITTED OCT 21 2004 CLASS ____ UNTIL____
    > With the following scribbled:
    > Mine: ARC 1 MONTH
    > Wife: ARC 2 MONTHS
    >
    > The ARC is scribbled near the CLASS & the number of months under it (next to
    > UNTIL). Does this mean we've been admitted only for 1 or 2 months? Does this
    > need to be fixed? Or is it a standard procedure - indicating how long we
    > stayed out of the country?

As a Green Card holder, you may remain in the USA indefinitely, regardless
of pretty much any stamps in your passport. I'm not actually sure what the
letters ARC stand for, but it seems indeed to reflect how long you were
out of the country.

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Old Oct 26th 2004, 1:17 am
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Default Re: Question about arrival record stamped on passport

ARC = alien registration card

It means that you used your green card to be admitted to the US.
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Old Oct 26th 2004, 9:17 am
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I believe the ARC stands for Alien Registration Card (class during
and at POE). the until probably just you and your wife's length of
absence.


"Trent Bhaiya" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:<jCgfd.305936$MQ5.113248@attbi_s52>...
    > Hi:
    >
    > I have a question about arrival record stamped on my passport; any replies
    > would be sincerely appreciated. Here's the situation:
    >
    > I and my wife are Green Card holders (for about 3 years now) in US. Last
    > months we landed at Chicago airport after a vacation in India. At the
    > immigration desk, the officer asked how long we've been out of the country -
    > I replied that I'd been out for a month & my wife was out for 2 months. She
    > stamped the passports & admitted us.
    >
    > Later at home - when I was examining the passport, I found the following
    > stamped on our passports.
    > ADMITTED OCT 21 2004 CLASS ____ UNTIL____
    > With the following scribbled:
    > Mine: ARC 1 MONTH
    > Wife: ARC 2 MONTHS
    >
    > The ARC is scribbled near the CLASS & the number of months under it (next to
    > UNTIL). Does this mean we've been admitted only for 1 or 2 months? Does this
    > need to be fixed? Or is it a standard procedure - indicating how long we
    > stayed out of the country?
    >
    > I would appreciate responses from anyone in the know.
    > Thanks much,
    > TB
 

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