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When issuing a green card, do they take your passport??

Old Mar 5th 2011, 2:18 pm
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Hi,
I am attending an interview for adjustment of status in a couple of weeks (I am applying for permanent residence through family, i.e. I married an American and I'm an UK citizen, from the midlands). All being well, I'll get the interim 'green card' (or I-551) inital stamp in passport and then they'll send me my conditional I-551, which I understand is valid for 2 years, at which point I apply for the permanent I-551.
My question is - I am travelling to Slovenia in May for a friend's wedding and I'm nervous the USCIS will take my passport away when they issue the I-551, and knowing my luck, it will fall just at the time I travel, as it did when I was issued an L1B visa in UK and was supposed to go to Paris
Does anyone know if it's necessary to send your passport to the USCIS when they issue your Green Card/I-551 and if so, how long do they hold if for?

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Hi,
I am attending an interview for adjustment of status in a couple of weeks (I am applying for permanent residence through family, i.e. I married an American and I'm an UK citizen, from the midlands). All being well, I'll get the interim 'green card' (or I-551) inital stamp in passport and then they'll send me my conditional I-551, which I understand is valid for 2 years, at which point I apply for the permanent I-551.
My question is - I am travelling to Slovenia in May for a friend's wedding and I'm nervous the USCIS will take my passport away when they issue the I-551, and knowing my luck, it will fall just at the time I travel, as it did when I was issued an L1B visa in UK and was supposed to go to Paris
Does anyone know if it's necessary to send your passport to the USCIS when they issue your Green Card/I-551 and if so, how long do they hold if for?

Thanks so much
Helen
No they stamp it there and then infront of you and hand it right back.
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Old Mar 5th 2011, 3:33 pm
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No they stamp it there and then infront of you and hand it right back.
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And thanks for the Mothers' Day reminder. Funny - it falls on my birthday

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