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Returning to the USA for the first time on a green card

Old May 8th 2016, 7:31 pm
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Hi everyone,
I was approved and have received my green card. Prior to this I was on an h-1b - both green card and h-1b sponsored by a university.
I am planning to leave the USA on my honeymoon for 2 weeks. The question is what documents do you need to re enter the USA if I am on a green card?
Also do I need to show my green card to anyone when I leave the USA for my honeymoon or on entry to another country (Italy)?
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Old May 8th 2016, 7:57 pm
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You need your passport and green card to re-enter the US. Assuming you are a UK citizen, the only document you need to enter Italy is your UK passport.
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Reading your last posts, it appears as though you may be thinking that you need your H1B paperwork with you? Rest assured, you don't. Once you have your green card, you are a permanent resident and are treated as such: how you got there becomes immaterial.
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Under the law, the green card itself is valid for entry without a passport. People often have a passport with them too because they need it to go to the country they are visiting.
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Under the law, the green card itself is valid for entry without a passport. People often have a passport with them too because they need it to go to the country they are visiting.
I'd never try to do it without a passport, tbh - I'm not sure whether or not the airline would check you in for the return leg without one? It could certainly create unnecessary problems!
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Originally Posted by bullettoothtony View Post
The question is what documents do you need to re enter the USA if I am on a green card?
You'll need your GC to enter the US and your passport to get on the plane!


... do I need to show my green card to anyone when I leave the USA for my honeymoon...
No, because there is no immigration exit control in the US.


... or on entry to another country (Italy)?
No, because Italy doesn't care that you're a PR in the US.

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Default Re: Returning to the USA for the first time on a green card

Originally Posted by Wintersong View Post
I'd never try to do it without a passport, tbh - I'm not sure whether or not the airline would check you in for the return leg without one? It could certainly create unnecessary problems!
Absolutely! Not having a passport with you would almost certainly cause all sorts of problems, but the the fact remains that, once you actually manage to show up at the US border and seek to be admitted, the green card is all that you really need.
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Default Re: Returning to the USA for the first time on a green card

Thank you all for your replies. This clears things up for me in this regard.
Which line will I need to re enter in?

I have another question about the re entry process- I will be coming back to the USA married to a USC- we will be travelling together. Does this affect the process of re entry at all?
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Default Re: Returning to the USA for the first time on a green card

1. Different POEs have different lines. If you see one marked USC and one marked anything else, you'll be in the anything else line.

2. No, nothing will change.

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Old May 9th 2016, 1:50 am
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Default Re: Returning to the USA for the first time on a green card

The airline when you are returning to the US will ask if you have an ESTA or Green Card, they will enter the number into the USCIS system so they know to expect you at the other end.


You most probably will be in the same line as your wife for immigration as generally the US Citizens line is for permanent residents too.
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