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  • What does 'ARC' mean on an entry stamp?

    Hello,

    I am a holder of GC. However on my last entry to the US the officer marked 'ARC' on the entry stamp on my passport. Can anyone tell me what this means?

    Thank you

  • #2
    Originally posted by mitroloz03
    Hello,

    I am a holder of GC. However on my last entry to the US the officer marked 'ARC' on the entry stamp on my passport. Can anyone tell me what this means?

    Thank you

    Alien Registration Card.

    It is bad English because "Stay Until Alien Registration Card"
    does not make sense.
    2009/03/20 - N-400 Filed
    2009/03/25 - RD and PD
    2009/03/30 - Notice of Action Date
    2009/03/31 - Check Cashed
    2009/04/04 - NOA received
    2009/04/06 - FP letter received
    2009/04/28 - FP appointment done
    2009/05/11 - Interview NOA
    2009/06/01 - Got Case Review File (yellow letter)
    2009/06/15 - Interview Descheduled
    2009/07/08 - Interview (10:20AM)

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    • #3
      thank you aw, weird but true lol, makes sense!

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      • #4
        This time I just got stamp at POE. No ARC.
        Last few times I got stamps with ARC. Do you think any problem?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by tangonta
          Do you think any problem?
          No. It just depends on how much the inspecting officer feels like writing. It's not a requirement because your status is obvious (unlike a visa-holder).

          EB1-EA | ND: 08.08.02 | AD: 07.09.04 | Non-concurrent | NO RFEs

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          • #6
            They don;t even have to stamp you, especially when you enter from
            Canada. I have to ask them to do it so that I can have a record
            on my passport or a sourvenir too
            2009/03/20 - N-400 Filed
            2009/03/25 - RD and PD
            2009/03/30 - Notice of Action Date
            2009/03/31 - Check Cashed
            2009/04/04 - NOA received
            2009/04/06 - FP letter received
            2009/04/28 - FP appointment done
            2009/05/11 - Interview NOA
            2009/06/01 - Got Case Review File (yellow letter)
            2009/06/15 - Interview Descheduled
            2009/07/08 - Interview (10:20AM)

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            • #7
              Thanks Wik and AmericanWannabe,

              I feel safe for entering US after next trip.

              Tangonta

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              • #8
                Completely pointless question, but since we are talking about the stamp when we enter with a green card... is the stamp that we get on the passport the same as us citizens get?

                The one I got at LAX a few weeks ago said ADMITTED, then CLASS UNTIL and that's where they wrote ARC. Do US Citizens get the same thing?
                DO: Orlando, FL
                LPR since: 06/15/2005

                N-400 mailed: 3/20/2010 (to Dallas Lockbox)
                N-400 received: 3/22/2010
                Check cashed: 3/31/2010
                PD: 3/22/2010
                NOA recd: 4/5/2010
                FP notice recd: 4/5/2010 (scheduled: 4/22/2010)
                FP done: 4/22/2010
                YL: 5/20/2010 (driver's license)
                Transferred to DO: 6/2/2010
                IL recd: 6/4/2010
                ID: 7/12/2010 - Approved - Experience
                OL recd: 7/12/2010
                OD: 7/16/2010 - Experience
                US Citizen
                PP applied: 7/23/2010
                PP recd: 8/5/2010

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by JoeF
                  There are no entry stamps for US citizens.

                  Can a citizen get one if he want one?
                  2009/03/20 - N-400 Filed
                  2009/03/25 - RD and PD
                  2009/03/30 - Notice of Action Date
                  2009/03/31 - Check Cashed
                  2009/04/04 - NOA received
                  2009/04/06 - FP letter received
                  2009/04/28 - FP appointment done
                  2009/05/11 - Interview NOA
                  2009/06/01 - Got Case Review File (yellow letter)
                  2009/06/15 - Interview Descheduled
                  2009/07/08 - Interview (10:20AM)

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by AmericanWannabe
                    Can a citizen get one if he want one?
                    Why not?

                    If the person is a born US citizen, he wouldn't even care about the stamping..

                    Only we (immigrants) care about this....

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Apollo_13
                      Why not?

                      If the person is a born US citizen, he wouldn't even care about the stamping..

                      Only we (immigrants) care about this....
                      Sooner or later the border control will do teh same thing to citizens.
                      In fact, the they should start now instead of taking one London subway
                      style incidece to start.
                      2009/03/20 - N-400 Filed
                      2009/03/25 - RD and PD
                      2009/03/30 - Notice of Action Date
                      2009/03/31 - Check Cashed
                      2009/04/04 - NOA received
                      2009/04/06 - FP letter received
                      2009/04/28 - FP appointment done
                      2009/05/11 - Interview NOA
                      2009/06/01 - Got Case Review File (yellow letter)
                      2009/06/15 - Interview Descheduled
                      2009/07/08 - Interview (10:20AM)

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by AmericanWannabe
                        Sooner or later the border control will do teh same thing to citizens.
                        In fact, the they should start now instead of taking one London subway
                        style incidece to start.

                        Thats true....because lot of immigrants are becoming citizens, at least to track these new citizens, border patrol would bring such new rules....

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Apollo_13
                          Thats true....because lot of immigrants are becoming citizens, at least to track these new citizens, border patrol would bring such new rules....

                          Maybe one day naturalized citizens and natural born citizens will
                          be treated differently. You may say that is impossible because
                          it is discrmination. But even now discrmination is already there
                          because a natualized ciztizen can never run for oval office.
                          2009/03/20 - N-400 Filed
                          2009/03/25 - RD and PD
                          2009/03/30 - Notice of Action Date
                          2009/03/31 - Check Cashed
                          2009/04/04 - NOA received
                          2009/04/06 - FP letter received
                          2009/04/28 - FP appointment done
                          2009/05/11 - Interview NOA
                          2009/06/01 - Got Case Review File (yellow letter)
                          2009/06/15 - Interview Descheduled
                          2009/07/08 - Interview (10:20AM)

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by AmericanWannabe
                            Maybe one day naturalized citizens and natural born citizens will
                            be treated differently. You may say that is impossible because
                            it is discrmination. But even now discrmination is already there
                            because a natualized ciztizen can never run for oval office.

                            Probably this will change soon if Arnold Schwarzenegger continues in politics for a long time as he is interested in running for oval office and he is trying hard....

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by JoeF
                              That has historical reasons (the founders didn't want a spy from the UK to come over and become president) and shows nicely how hard it is to change the constitution.
                              You are way too paranoid

                              Someone say it is only one terrorist attack's away from saying good bye to the constitution
                              2009/03/20 - N-400 Filed
                              2009/03/25 - RD and PD
                              2009/03/30 - Notice of Action Date
                              2009/03/31 - Check Cashed
                              2009/04/04 - NOA received
                              2009/04/06 - FP letter received
                              2009/04/28 - FP appointment done
                              2009/05/11 - Interview NOA
                              2009/06/01 - Got Case Review File (yellow letter)
                              2009/06/15 - Interview Descheduled
                              2009/07/08 - Interview (10:20AM)

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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by JoeF
                                Quite a lot of paranoia
                                The border patrol can not do such thing.
                                That would require a change in the constitution. It would result in the end of freedom. And that would mean civil war. In fact, that's why the US constitution has provisions for a militia, to make sure nobody is meddling with the basic freedoms.

                                Nation's interest/safety comes first prior to so called freedom.

                                If Americans are asked to get their passport stamped whenever they leave or enter US, that doesn't mean that their freedom is lost, especially after 9/11, no one ( I mean born citizens) would object for this rule.

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                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by JoeF
                                  Well, it would be obvious then that the terrorists would have won.
                                  That is human nature. Ultimately practicality will beat ideology (even if
                                  ideology was not based upon praticality in the first place). I don't know
                                  how generals can control themselves if torturing prisoners
                                  is the only way to get information that can make differences
                                  in a big victory vs a total defeat
                                  2009/03/20 - N-400 Filed
                                  2009/03/25 - RD and PD
                                  2009/03/30 - Notice of Action Date
                                  2009/03/31 - Check Cashed
                                  2009/04/04 - NOA received
                                  2009/04/06 - FP letter received
                                  2009/04/28 - FP appointment done
                                  2009/05/11 - Interview NOA
                                  2009/06/01 - Got Case Review File (yellow letter)
                                  2009/06/15 - Interview Descheduled
                                  2009/07/08 - Interview (10:20AM)

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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by JoeF
                                    Freedom is more important than safety. Freedom always involves risk. And not only does freedom involve risk, but it is a prerequisite to achieve as much safety as possible. Without freedom, safety and security are not possible.

                                    The obligatory reference:
                                    "Those who desire to give up Freedom in order to gain Security, will not have, nor do they deserve, either one."
                                    Thomas Jefferson
                                    What 'Thomas Jefferson' meant by Freedom is not same as what you think today. Today, you are saying freedom means, at POE you want to enter US without proper documentation or recording your entry/exit.

                                    As you said, Can New Yorkers say that it affects their freedom when Cops check their baggages while entering subway station? If they can't, then what happens to their freedom? So, today's freedom comes next to Safety/security.

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                                    • #19
                                      Benjamin Franklin said: "Where liberty is, there is my country".
                                      If a nonimmigrant recite that in front of a US consul during visa
                                      application, he will immediately deny a visa
                                      2009/03/20 - N-400 Filed
                                      2009/03/25 - RD and PD
                                      2009/03/30 - Notice of Action Date
                                      2009/03/31 - Check Cashed
                                      2009/04/04 - NOA received
                                      2009/04/06 - FP letter received
                                      2009/04/28 - FP appointment done
                                      2009/05/11 - Interview NOA
                                      2009/06/01 - Got Case Review File (yellow letter)
                                      2009/06/15 - Interview Descheduled
                                      2009/07/08 - Interview (10:20AM)

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                                      • #20
                                        Apparently US Citizens do get their passport stamped. Check out this page http://www.rathburn.net/visa/usa/usa.html

                                        This guy has scanned the stamps he has gotten through his trips all over the world. I asked him if he was a USC traveling with a US passport and he said that he is.
                                        DO: Orlando, FL
                                        LPR since: 06/15/2005

                                        N-400 mailed: 3/20/2010 (to Dallas Lockbox)
                                        N-400 received: 3/22/2010
                                        Check cashed: 3/31/2010
                                        PD: 3/22/2010
                                        NOA recd: 4/5/2010
                                        FP notice recd: 4/5/2010 (scheduled: 4/22/2010)
                                        FP done: 4/22/2010
                                        YL: 5/20/2010 (driver's license)
                                        Transferred to DO: 6/2/2010
                                        IL recd: 6/4/2010
                                        ID: 7/12/2010 - Approved - Experience
                                        OL recd: 7/12/2010
                                        OD: 7/16/2010 - Experience
                                        US Citizen
                                        PP applied: 7/23/2010
                                        PP recd: 8/5/2010

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