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

zman44

Active Member
Hi, if applied for RTD for the first time, how long it takes to get approved( if approved)? If you change your legal name, does it affect the result?
It usually takes 4-6 months to get approved. Did you change your name before or after applying? If before, no, it doesn't affect the result, as long as you submitted evidence of your name change, you'll get your RTD with your name change. If you changed it after you applied, then yes, the RTD might not be valid because it has your old name.
 
It usually takes 4-6 months to get approved. Did you change your name before or after applying? If before, no, it doesn't affect the result, as long as you submitted evidence of your name change, you'll get your RTD with your name change. If you changed it after you applied, then yes, the RTD might not be valid because it has your old name.
If it takes 4-6 months each time and if they give it for only 1 year validity, and you can't also use it in the last 3 months of validity in Europe etc. Then it means most of the time you will not be able to use it right?
 

zman44

Active Member
If it takes 4-6 months each time and if they give it for only 1 year validity, and you can't also use it in the last 3 months of validity in Europe etc. Then it means most of the time you will not be able to use it right?
Yeah, the document is pretty useless, lol, but it is what it is. Just plan your travels as much in advance as you can.
 

gtaid1

Registered Users (C)
If it takes 4-6 months each time and if they give it for only 1 year validity, and you can't also use it in the last 3 months of validity in Europe etc. Then it means most of the time you will not be able to use it right?
yes EXACTLY that's my problem too :(

I learned that you can get a new one (apply for a new one) if you send in your old one too (for example when it's only 6 months valid and many countries ask for a document valid more than 6 months) , i haven't done this yet tho.
 

gtaid1

Registered Users (C)
I just want to inform everyone about my experience getting a new Refugee Travel Document:

I did not send in my old RTD
I applied 6 months before old one expires
I got new one 5 months later (1 month before old one expires)
There was no request to send in old one !
 

msv5450

Active Member
I just want to inform everyone about my experience getting a new Refugee Travel Document:

I did not send in my old RTD
I applied 6 months before old one expires
I got new one 5 months later (1 month before old one expires)
There was no request to send in old one !
Did you receive a notice for your I-485 application yet?
 

gtaid1

Registered Users (C)
Did you receive a notice for your I-485 application yet?
I had not applied for I-485 when I applied for second RTD.

I just filed for my I-485 two weeks ago to Nebraska Service Center and got receipt number via text last Friday, waiting for receipt to come in mail.
 
Hello, I have a valid RTD and a pending green card application. Am I allowed to travel internationally with the valid RTD even though my green card application is pending? Do I need to get advance parole before I leave? Thank you.
 

zman44

Active Member
Hello, I have a valid RTD and a pending green card application. Am I allowed to travel internationally with the valid RTD even though my green card application is pending? Do I need to get advance parole before I leave? Thank you.
Yes, you can travel internationally with your RTD and pending GC application. No, AP is not necessary. You probably SHOULDN'T travel at the moment though. Most countries have their borders closed. You might have difficulty re-entering the US unless you're a citizen or already have a Green Card. I'm actually in the same situation as you - RTD + GC application pending. My attorney has strongly advised me I do not leave the country until I either get the GC, or the COVID-19 crisis abates.
 
Yes, you can travel internationally with your RTD and pending GC application. No, AP is not necessary. You probably SHOULDN'T travel at the moment though. Most countries have their borders closed. You might have difficulty re-entering the US unless you're a citizen or already have a Green Card. I'm actually in the same situation as you - RTD + GC application pending. My attorney has strongly advised me I do not leave the country until I either get the GC, or the COVID-19 crisis abates.
Thanks so much for your reply. I will heed your advice and not travel. Do you think we will have interviews for our green cards? I heard people are receiving their green cards without interviews. Will be amazing if they can waive the interview requirement and just mail the green cards :)
 

zman44

Active Member
Thanks so much for your reply. I will heed your advice and not travel. Do you think we will have interviews for our green cards? I heard people are receiving their green cards without interviews. Will be amazing if they can waive the interview requirement and just mail the green cards :)
Asylees adjusting status don't normally get called for interviews anyway unless there's some piece of information that cannot be verified, or there's some sort of problem with their application or history with USCIS. My attorney said that in view of COVID-19 even less people are being called in for an interview. So chances are in our favor, but you never know. Just gotta keep an eye on the application status.
 
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