Traveling Outside the US As Asylee applicant ,Asylee,LPR through Asylum

smah

New Member
I flew from Los Angeles used China Airlines transit through Taiwan. Taiwan doesn't have any passport inspection when transiting only airline checks ID at the gate.
My experience is airline staff never seen RTD and will hold you for 30-40 min to verify document and make sure you are good to go. So always go early!

Also airlines will ask for passport and I never provided. I always tell them "I DO NOT have passport that's why I have a RTD! it's ok I know I can travel with this"

In the US side, officer asked me purpose of your visit, i said I'm a returning asylee, then called someone else to escort me to secondary. Over there I wasn't asked any question at all, just waited 2-3 hrs then they called my name and said here's your document, good to go!
Thanks a lot.its a huge help for me to get a clear view.appreciated .god bless u
 

7of9

Active Member
Thanks a lot.its a huge help for me to get a clear view.appreciated .god bless u
Tired of always being sent to secondary at LAX. Has happened three times. Next time, I'm avoiding direct foreign flights into LAX with an RTD+GC. I looove Honolulu, JFK, Newark...those guys just let you in, no questions asked, no sending you to secondary... At LAX, worse, when they send you to secondary, they just let you sit there for 2+ hours, then they give you back your RTD+GC, NO questions asked. Missed my flight first time they did it. :(.
 

smah

New Member
Tired of always being sent to secondary at LAX. Has happened three times. Next time, I'm avoiding direct foreign flights into LAX with an RTD+GC. I looove Honolulu, JFK, Newark...those guys just let you in, no questions asked, no sending you to secondary... At LAX, worse, when they send you to secondary, they just let you sit there for 2+ hours, then they give you back your RTD+GC, NO questions asked. Missed my flight first time they did it. :(.
Thanks a lot for sharing your story
 

Max1990

Member
I got approved for RTD yesterday, how long does it take to have it in my hands? I have to buy flight ticket but I don't know how long is gonna take? Hope not more then 7-10 days
 

gtaid1

Registered Users (C)
I got approved for RTD yesterday, how long does it take to have it in my hands? I have to buy flight ticket but I don't know how long is gonna take? Hope not more then 7-10 days

It took less than a week for me to get it in mail after I got approval notice online.
 

Max1990

Member
What document you use to get flight tickets I have problem flying international with American airlines I am leaving soon to Europe like in 48h , I am not suppose to use my national passport I am showing them refugee travel document and they said no you need a passport to travel international They don't understand that RTD is equivalent to passport I don't wanna use my passport as an asylee. I talked to the supervisor and she emailed someone now I am still waiting the answer :( any advice?
 

zman44

Active Member
What document you use to get flight tickets I have problem flying international with American airlines I am leaving soon to Europe like in 48h , I am not suppose to use my national passport I am showing them refugee travel document and they said no you need a passport to travel international They don't understand that RTD is equivalent to passport I don't wanna use my passport as an asylee. I talked to the supervisor and she emailed someone now I am still waiting the answer :( any advice?
#1.Where in Europe are you flying to?
#2. Who are you talking to? Phone agents know nothing about RTDs. It's the gate agents you have to deal with. Usually after they call a supervisor at the airport, they'll verify if you can get to your destination with an RTD or not. Just make sure to get to the airport with plenty of time before your fight leaves.
#3. What airport are you flying from in the US? Smaller cities with smaller airports will be less familiar with RTDs and thus could give you more trouble.
 

Max1990

Member
#1.Where in Europe are you flying to?
#2. Who are you talking to? Phone agents know nothing about RTDs. It's the gate agents you have to deal with. Usually after they call a supervisor at the airport, they'll verify if you can get to your destination with an RTD or not. Just make sure to get to the airport with plenty of time before your fight leaves.
#3. What airport are you flying from in the US? Smaller cities with smaller airports will be less familiar with RTDs and thus could give you more trouble.
I am flying to Germany from San Diego with American airlines, I talked with them 2 times already at the desk, but I dont understand why I can not get the tickets and check my bag with RTD that is ridiculous. I talked with TSA (security check) they accept that no problem (I will bring second for of ID just like employment authorization card just in case) I am entering Germany and reentering USA with that, why the airlines make so much drama
 

zman44

Active Member
I am flying to Germany from San Diego with American airlines, I talked with them 2 times already at the desk, but I dont understand why I can not get the tickets and check my bag with RTD that is ridiculous. I talked with TSA (security check) they accept that no problem (I will bring second for of ID just like employment authorization card just in case) I am entering Germany and reentering USA with that, why the airlines make so much drama
You said your flight is in 48hrs, why are you trying to check in now? You can't check in to your flights more than 24 hrs before the scheduled departure, and you can't check in luggage more than 12 hrs I think.
 

zman44

Active Member
I know that but I went there because I knew how is gonna be and they said you can not travel without passeport
No, this is a really bad idea. You accomplish nothing by talking to people who will not be there when your flight is actually due to depart. You can have a supervisor now tell you yes, then a different supervisor tell you no when you're actually supposed to fly.
Print this entire page on the German Embassy's website, highlight the paragraph about people traveling with Refugee Travel Document. https://www.germany.info/us-en/service/05-VisaEinreise/faq-visa/899734
Find appropriate USCIS websites that explain how a refugee cannot travel using their passport, and save them to your phone's browser so you can show it to the supervisor on duty. If you have an attorney, ask them if you can phone them to talk to the agents. This is all you can do. At the end of the day, it's completely up to the airline whether they want to let you on the plane or not. Yes, it sucks. Yes, they're stupidly ignorant of the different travel documents people use travel abroad. It is what it is.
 

Max1990

Member
No, this is a really bad idea. You accomplish nothing by talking to people who will not be there when your flight is actually due to depart. You can have a supervisor now tell you yes, then a different supervisor tell you no when you're actually supposed to fly.
Print this entire page on the German Embassy's website, highlight the paragraph about people traveling with Refugee Travel Document. https://www.germany.info/us-en/service/05-VisaEinreise/faq-visa/899734
Find appropriate USCIS websites that explain how a refugee cannot travel using their passport, and save them to your phone's browser so you can show it to the supervisor on duty. If you have an attorney, ask them if you can phone them to talk to the agents. This is all you can do. At the end of the day, it's completely up to the airline whether they want to let you on the plane or not. Yes, it sucks. Yes, they're stupidly ignorant of the different travel documents people use travel abroad. It is what it is.
I really appreciate your help I will go today one more time and see what say. So much drama and stress with no reason. Thank you one more time
 

gtaid1

Registered Users (C)
I really appreciate your help I will go today one more time and see what say. So much drama and stress with no reason. Thank you one more time

How did it go with American airline and did you have any issues? please keep us updated.

I'm planing to go to Germany using my RTD too.

Unfortunately airlines don't even know what RTD is and their default answer is you need a passport, and in many cases their systems cannot recognize RTD. When I was coming back from the Philippines to USA, I had the same issue with airline, they keep asking for my passport but I don't have a passport anymore. They had to call USCIS to confirm (waited 1 hr) and then they had issues entering my info in their system (waited another 1 hr) because their systems doesn't recognize RTD. My advise is always be the first person checking in at counter in/out of USA.
 

zman44

Active Member

Max1990

Member
How did it go with American airline and did you have any issues? please keep us updated.

I'm planing to go to Germany using my RTD too.

Unfortunately airlines don't even know what RTD is and their default answer is you need a passport, and in many cases their systems cannot recognize RTD. When I was coming back from the Philippines to USA, I had the same issue with airline, they keep asking for my passport but I don't have a passport anymore. They had to call USCIS to confirm (waited 1 hr) and then they had issues entering my info in their system (waited another 1 hr) because their systems doesn't recognize RTD. My advise is always be the first person checking in at counter in/out of USA.

Hey its was pain but I made it back. I had only RTD and passport control in Germany asked me for a green card I said I don't have it yet and she let me in. On my way back was easier because I had a stamp. American airlines in Munich was more professional and they fixed check in fast but San Diego airport omg took me 3 days to get tickets lol and they cancel the flight lol so it was pain again. I prefer to go day earlier you never know who is gonna check you in. The USA custom was ok they sent my on a secondary but did not wait more than 10 min :) good luck
 
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