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Old Sep 24th 2002, 4:05 pm
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Is it permissible to visit Canada with only a I-551 stamp on the passport? The I-551 is a conditional green card stamp valid for one year.

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Old Sep 24th 2002, 5:13 pm
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Originally posted by Jupiter:
Is it permissible to visit Canada with only a I-551 stamp on the passport? The I-551 is a conditional green card stamp valid for one year.

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It certainly is. Jim has traveled to Canada on that I-551 stamp for close to two years now. Long story ... don't ask.

You can also travel any where else outside of the US you want. The I-551 is to allow you back into the US not to let you out ;-)

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Old Sep 24th 2002, 5:25 pm
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Yes, Canada allows permanent residents of the US to travel to Canada
visa-free (even if they would normally require a visa to visit Canada
because of their citizenship). Here's a link:

http://cicnet.ci.gc.ca/englis-
h/visit/visas.html


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    > Is it permissible to visit Canada with only a I-551 stamp on the
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    > year.
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Old Sep 24th 2002, 6:40 pm
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Jupiter wrote:
    > Is it permissible to visit Canada with only a I-551 stamp on the
    > passport? The I-551 is a conditional green card stamp valid for one
    > year.
    > thanks

Yes, of course. And.. to clarify, form I-551 is the green card. So, the
I-551 stamp and the I-551 card are, effectively, the same.
 
Old Sep 24th 2002, 6:41 pm
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Rete wrote:
    > Originally posted by Jupiter:
    > > Is it permissible to visit Canada with only a I-551 stamp on the
    > > passport? The I-551 is a conditional green card stamp valid for
    > > one year.
    > >
    > > thanks
    > >
    > > jup
    > It certainly is. Jim has traveled to Canada on that I-551 stamp for
    > close to two years now. Long story ... don't ask.
    > You can also travel any where else outside of the US you want. The
    > I-551 is to allow you back into the US not to let you out ;-)

Of course, anywhere may be restricted by US law... Don't plan on freely
traveling to Cigarland.
 
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Thanks - Rete and Andy.



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Old Sep 24th 2002, 7:00 pm
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Originally posted by Mrtravel:

Of course, anywhere may be restricted by US law... Don't plan on freely
traveling to Cigarland.
If the GC holder holds a passport from a country that is free to travel to Cuba then he/she can go to Canada and hop a plane to Cuba with their passport and return to Canada and re-enter with their I-551 stamp. You were saying?

BTW many US Citizens have gone the way of Canada, Mexico and Caribbean Island to visit the land of Fidel. And there were some who do so legally under the guise of education and media. How do all these USC men and women find their Cuban lovelies to marry?

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South Africa used to be like that. During the apartheid days, travel to South Africa was prohibited by certain countries. However, travellers would simply circumvent this ban by going to a neighboring country, get a travel document and ride the bus to South Africa.

Israel is another country where some folks prefer to use a travel document instead of their passports.


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BTW many US Citizens have gone the way of Canada, Mexico and Caribbean Island to visit the land of Fidel. And there were some who do so legally under the guise of education and media. How do all these USC men and women find their Cuban lovelies to marry?

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Old Sep 25th 2002, 5:42 am
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Rete wrote:
    > Originally posted by Mrtravel:
    > >
    > > Of course, anywhere may be restricted by US law... Don't plan on
    > > freely
    > > traveling to Cigarland.
    > >
    > If the GC holder holds a passport from a country that is free to travel
    > to Cuba then he/she can go to Canada and hop a plane to Cuba with their
    > passport and return to Canada and re-enter with their I-551 stamp. You
    > were saying?
    > BTW many US Citizens have gone the way of Canada, Mexico and Caribbean
    > Island to visit the land of Fidel. And there were some who do so
    > legally under the guise of education and media. How do all these USC
    > men and women find their Cuban lovelies to marry?

I said "freely". While there are ways around the law, and the law does
apply
to permanent residents, I believe.
 
Old Sep 25th 2002, 12:52 pm
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"mrtravel" wrote:

    > I said "freely". While there are ways around the law, and the law does
    > apply
    > to permanent residents, I believe.

Yes it does. Rita's scenario is as illegal for permanent residents as it is
for US citizens. The fact that the law is an ass doesn't change the fact
that it is still a law. Remember the law is not a prohibition on travel to
Cuba (since that would be illegal), it's a prohibition on a USC or a PR
spending any money on travelling to Cuba or spending any money in Cuba.
There are, of course, certain ways you can legally get around this but just
flying from Canada or a Caribbean island isn't one of them!

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Originally posted by Andy Platt:

Yes it does. Rita's scenario is as illegal for permanent residents as it is
for US citizens.
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To set the record straight, I did NOT say it was legal but a way to circumvent US law. I never knew it was possible to do this until I married a Canadian and starting hanging out in newsgroups. In fact I thought Canada had the same travel law in place as the US did. Boy was I naive back then.

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