Asked in Immigration Law for Massachusetts

Q: Can a permanent resident enter the US without a green card but using a combo card?

I visited my sick mom with an emergency parole for 30days. I came within the time period and received my combo card which is valid for a year without any conditions. I also got a "paroled" stamp on my passport nearly valid for an year when I entered with the parole document. I went back to see mom since she was in the hospital half of the time when I initially visited her. Within that time my case got approved and they mailed me my green card to my wife. Now I plan to go back to the States. Can I use my combo card for re-entry? Will they ask for my green card since I'm a permanent resident now? Would I be trouble for traveling twice with an advance parole?

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Mario Musil
Mario Musil
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  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • Portland, OR

A: Once your green card is approved, your parole document or EAD card are no longer valid. You will need to show your green card to re-enter the US.

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Drew Elesh
Drew Elesh
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  • Chicago, IL

A: Better your wife sends you the Greencard by FedEx. Then no problems upon entry to USA.

Kevin L Dixler
Kevin L Dixler
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  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • Chicago, IL

A: Agreed. Have your wife make photocopies of the card, before sending by courier, in case the card is lost. Seeking a travel document can prove difficult to impossible at this time.

The advanced parole/EAD is terminated upon approval of conditional/permanent resident status. If you knowingly misrepresent your status, then it can be considered fraud and you can be found inadmissible. Such use also complicates matters.

The above is general information, not legal advice, and does not create an attorney client relationship.

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