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rb_248
09-10-2009, 07:23 PM
Friends,

Are we required to carry GC with us all the time ? :confused:

My attorney says we must. What if I lose it or damage it ? Can we carry a photocopy ?

McLuvin
09-10-2009, 07:29 PM
Its not a problem dude...

You can either carry it with you or make a color photocopy (like how we used to do with our indian license) or just shove it up ur A$S....

Dude are you trying to rub salt????

BR

485Mbe4001
09-10-2009, 07:29 PM
Dude, if i had a GC i would hang it on my neck like flavor flav 24/7.... :)

anyways, congrats on your GC

return_to_india
09-10-2009, 07:35 PM
Friends,

Are we required to carry GC with us all the time ? :confused:

My attorney says we must. What if I lose it or damage it ? Can we carry a photocopy ?

Yes, the rule is to carry the original. If lost, apply for a new one. So, i preached.
I never carry it, one day one immigration officer is going to catch me and grill me.

rb_248
09-10-2009, 07:37 PM
Its not a problem dude...

You can either carry it with you or make a color photocopy (like how we used to do with our indian license) or just shove it up ur A$S....

Dude are you trying to rub salt????

BR

Karthik - That was a genuine question. I lose a lot of stuff. So, I had to ask. May be my timing was not good with VB releasing today and all. I am not trying to rub salt. Anyways, good luck.


Dude, if i had a GC i would hang it on my neck like flavor flav 24/7.... :)

anyways, congrats on your GC

Ha ha ha ..... that's funny and thanks.

hebbar77
09-10-2009, 07:55 PM
If I had one I would keep it in a bank locker... to make sure I dont loose it:mad:

Ramba
09-10-2009, 08:07 PM
As per law, one must always carry the original GC with them, like DL. You can see this instruction in 485 approval notice/welcome letter. I am doing it.

InTheMoment
09-10-2009, 08:08 PM
I haven't and don't plan to in the future to carry it in my wallet like my DL...considering where I live.

I just have my A# memorized...but maybe those who travel in Border areas or usual Border Patrol checkpoints or frequent travelers might have to.

sledge_hammer
09-10-2009, 08:11 PM
1. When you were a student did you carry your I-20 with you all the time?
2. When you were on H-1B did you carry it around?

If your answer is yes, then do carry your GC too!

Friends,

Are we required to carry GC with us all the time ? :confused:

My attorney says we must. What if I lose it or damage it ? Can we carry a photocopy ?

patiently_waiting
09-10-2009, 08:24 PM
It is so pathetic that there are so much people waiting in EB3-I category.

This Guy just applied in Dec 2004 and got GC. His question is whether i need to carry ?

it is only karma.

GCNirvana007
09-11-2009, 12:02 AM
Technically we are supposed to carry our original passport and visa papers, how many of us do it.

Personally i dont and i dont think they gonna make you accountable for that.

Ennada
09-11-2009, 10:22 AM
It is so pathetic that there are so much people waiting in EB3-I category.

This Guy just applied in Dec 2004 and got GC. His question is whether i need to carry ?

it is only karma.

I feel for you buddy. You can't be hating the player....you got to hate the game. This is exactly how I felt when 2006 PDs were getting approved last year. You are totally right....GC depends on your Karma.

trramesh
09-11-2009, 11:33 AM
Its not a problem dude...

You can either carry it with you or make a color photocopy (like how we used to do with our indian license) or just shove it up ur A$S....

Dude are you trying to rub salt????

BR

Someone told me that taking color photocopy of PR is illegal just like you cannot take color photocopy of currency. Maybe a B&W copy is an alternative.

Btw, why is this hatred towards someone that just walked out of the queue? Blame the system, not the poor individuals who have also waited like everybody else. Instead of venting out on innocent people, do something constructive to help yourself and others. As a donor, pls post responsibly. Guys, give me red if it is wrong to say that.

bobzibub
09-11-2009, 12:38 PM
How 'bout when you're swimming?

sdrblr
09-11-2009, 12:53 PM
Nobody is rubbing salt out here. It is all about perception. Dont blame the individual for that.

If you cannot tolerate reading such posts, please do not read those. The title was VERY SPECIFIC about the content.



Its not a problem dude...

You can either carry it with you or make a color photocopy (like how we used to do with our indian license) or just shove it up ur A$S....

Dude are you trying to rub salt????

BR

hebbar77
09-11-2009, 12:56 PM
How 'bout when you're swimming?

you must carry that in ur underwear... just in case !

hopefulgc
09-11-2009, 01:16 PM
creative eh!:D:D:D:D

http://l.pr/a43tu/just_tattoo_the_PR_card_to_your_body

sdrblr
09-11-2009, 01:35 PM
:D

You cannot mess with that, Can you?

creative eh!:D:D:D:D

http://l.pr/a43tu/just_tattoo_the_PR_card_to_your_body

hopefulgc
09-11-2009, 02:02 PM
imagine having that on ur back.. and then you go to a beach in france/middle east.
You would totally get shot at.



:D

You cannot mess with that, Can you?

sdrblr
09-11-2009, 02:05 PM
imagine having that on ur back.. and then you go to a beach in france/middle east.
You would totally get shot at.

I would pick France any day over middle east :)

rb_248
09-11-2009, 02:15 PM
The frustration in the EB3 community is very intense. I hate to see this become a feud between EB3 and EB2. We all are in this together. Please stop hating. Just 1 post brought my reputation down from 4 greens to 2 reds.

Sunx_2004
09-11-2009, 03:43 PM
But were you carrying your H1B or EAD/ AP with you all the time....?

Friends,

Are we required to carry GC with us all the time ? :confused:

My attorney says we must. What if I lose it or damage it ? Can we carry a photocopy ?

rb_248
09-11-2009, 04:00 PM
But were you carrying your H1B or EAD/ AP with you all the time....?

No I did not. Because my attorney did not ask me to do so. But, after I got my GC, they emailed me some instructions on what to do and what not to do. In that list they had this instruction to carry my GC with me all the time in BOLD.

So I got concerned and posted this which has resulted in a lot of hating and loathing. I am not understanding why is this my fault.

Ramba
09-11-2009, 06:04 PM
But were you carrying your H1B or EAD/ AP with you all the time....?

Per law, all H1B papers (atleast LCA) should be kept where non-immigrants work. There is no clear law for non-immigrants to hold passport/visa/EAD always with them. They recommend always to keep with you. Further, consulates( when they issue visa), won't give any specific instruction to non-immigrants to carry passport/visa always with them. However, for immigrants (LPR) it is very clear that one MUST hold orginal GC always with them. It is rule/law. The welcome notice clearly shows. Although, many dont practice, it is still a rule. I heared a story when a guy pulled off he got big trouble, when he claimed he is a LPR; and does not carry the GC.

desi485
09-11-2009, 06:07 PM
No I did not. Because my attorney did not ask me to do so. But, after I got my GC, they emailed me some instructions on what to do and what not to do. In that list they had this instruction to carry my GC with me all the time in BOLD.

So I got concerned and posted this which has resulted in a lot of hating and loathing. I am not understanding why is this my fault.

first of all congrates! I wish Goodluck to everyone waiting for GC....

Life after GC: These issues are already discussed on IV In detail.

Check it out - valuable info: http://immigrationvoice.org/forum/forum95-life-after-greencard/25349-life-after-gc-dos-and-donots.html

Check out the Official govt document for new immigrants:

Welcome to the United States - A Guide for New Immigrants

http://www.uscis.gov/files/nativedocuments/M-618.pdf

Enjoy your Green Card! and do Pray for good luck for all IV members :)

rb_248
09-11-2009, 08:17 PM
first of all congrates! I wish Goodluck to everyone waiting for GC....

Life after GC: These issues are already discussed on IV In detail.

Check it out - valuable info: http://immigrationvoice.org/forum/forum95-life-after-greencard/25349-life-after-gc-dos-and-donots.html

Check out the Official govt document for new immigrants:

Welcome to the United States - A Guide for New Immigrants

http://www.uscis.gov/files/nativedocuments/M-618.pdf

Enjoy your Green Card! and do Pray for good luck for all IV members :)


Just the information I was looking for. Thanks.

whatamidoinghere
09-11-2009, 08:35 PM
this is what I received from my legal..

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The USCIS and any law enforcement officers have the right to ask you to present your registration document at any time. You should carry proof of your lawful status (such as your valid I-94 card, your green card, or your passport with I-551 stamp) with you at all times. If for any reason this is not possible, you should at least carry a copy of your registration documents.

CAUTION: Failure to carry proof of registration (such as your I-94 card or green card) is a criminal misdemeanor and is punishable by a fine not to exceed $100, imprisonment not to exceed 30 days, or both. In addition, if you willfully fail or refuse to apply for your registration document, you may be convicted of a misdemeanor that carries a fine of up to $1000, or imprisonment of up to six months, or both.
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So it looks like we should atleast have a copy of the gc (shoved up our ...) and present it when asked by a law enforcement officer. Otherwise be ready to go to jail for 30 days.

prioritydate
09-12-2009, 11:20 AM
I never carried GC with me unless I am out of this country. Why would someone ask for a GC? How many illegals are in this country? They don't care...

salnarayan
09-12-2009, 01:03 PM
I carry a copy of the permanent resident card. I hope this is sufficient as a proof of registration. May be the attorneys in the forum can give their opinion.

sdrblr
09-12-2009, 03:07 PM
I am under the impression that atleast in Illinois, the local law enforcement (police) CANNOT ask for the legal status or check any documents if it is a routine traffic stop or just pull you over and then ask for the documents. I know for a fact as this had become a big issue at one of the Chicago's northern suburbs recently and was in news for quite some time. There were two sections of citizens who wanted police to check and others (ACLU) argued that legal status was a federal jurisdiction and the local law enforcement were not authorized to check and violated the rights.

I think only ICE or CBP can ask that and how many of them are around in cities/ towns far away from the border?

I assume the same is true with other Police Depts.

Sunx_2004
09-12-2009, 09:10 PM
will you believe official instructions from USCIS or advice from one of us with half knowledge.
We (including me) have tendency to find easy path which causes trouble most of the time.
Enjoy your GC..
Peace

No I did not. Because my attorney did not ask me to do so. But, after I got my GC, they emailed me some instructions on what to do and what not to do. In that list they had this instruction to carry my GC with me all the time in BOLD.

So I got concerned and posted this which has resulted in a lot of hating and loathing. I am not understanding why is this my fault.

Sunx_2004
09-12-2009, 09:18 PM
but, Once I was stopped at the airport by a security agent while travelling within US and he asked me abouit my status. When I mentioned I am on Work Visa he asked me to show the passport and Visa, I was not carrying one. I showed him my DL, He was on call with someone for 20-30min and come back returned my DL and istructed to carry the passport whenever travelling.



Per law, all H1B papers (atleast LCA) should be kept where non-immigrants work. There is no clear law for non-immigrants to hold passport/visa/EAD always with them. They recommend always to keep with you. Further, consulates( when they issue visa), won't give any specific instruction to non-immigrants to carry passport/visa always with them. However, for immigrants (LPR) it is very clear that one MUST hold orginal GC always with them. It is rule/law. The welcome notice clearly shows. Although, many dont practice, it is still a rule. I heared a story when a guy pulled off he got big trouble, when he claimed he is a LPR; and does not carry the GC.

arunmurthy
09-14-2009, 01:25 AM
Man you gotta shove it in your a$$ - that's the safest place pal.

See I am still regretting not doing it, lost my GC and had start all over again in July 07

Thats not a nice reply.
Congrats for getting your GC!
I hope EB3 Guys do not treat EB2 guys with such a hatred behaviour
We will make it too sooner or later.
I am sure next bulletin will be a surprise for everybody
Tighten your seat belts. Only 27 days to go.

meridiani.planum
09-14-2009, 03:44 AM
How 'bout when you're swimming?

its plastic, not paper. [so I am told, I dont know, I am still waiting]. Nothing happens if you dip it in water.
Just buy swimming shorts (or a bikini depending on your gender or preferences) with a pocket.



P.S: this post is a joke, so easy with the flames.

meridiani.planum
09-14-2009, 03:48 AM
first of all congrates! I wish Goodluck to everyone waiting for GC....

Life after GC: These issues are already discussed on IV In detail.

Check it out - valuable info: http://immigrationvoice.org/forum/forum95-life-after-greencard/25349-life-after-gc-dos-and-donots.html

Check out the Official govt document for new immigrants:

Welcome to the United States - A Guide for New Immigrants

http://www.uscis.gov/files/nativedocuments/M-618.pdf

Enjoy your Green Card! and do Pray for good luck for all IV members :)

I am keeping a printout taken in a very large font, of those docs. God alone knows how my eyesight will be in old age when the VB rolls around to my PD and that document becomes useful to read.