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It was valid for 10 years. It just expired early this month.
Since I got my card under E34 category status, I don't recall or ask my ex where he applied for our green card (Form I-90, Part 3, line 3), the location where the visa was issued (line 4). We both entered with H-1B by the same employer back in 1996. We had the interview at the US consulate in Germany. I think I left the US and used Tijuana/CA border as POE when the change of status from H-1B to green card occured.
How critical is those information applying for renewal?
Sorry if I made my case sounded more complicated than necessary.
Our H-1B expired in June 2011 before our green card was accepted. We waited a few more months, and I believe the status change did occur from H1B to green card as you mentioned. However, our attorney back then told us to leave the US and re-enter just to get our passport stamped. I don't remember the exact terminology, but it was something to do with applying for our green card through the US consulate in Germany instead of the Secretary while we still lived in the US.
I just don't know how to answer the questions and complete Form I-90. I'm reluctant to contact the ex for additional information.
I did have two interviews at the US consulate in Germany only because during the first interview, they discovered that I lived in the UK and Portugal prior to moving to the US, and our attorney did not tell me to come up with any douments for that interview. I did have a medica exam and submitted X-ray, etc. through the US consulate. They asked to bring those with me for the first interview. I brought the proof of (no) criminal records, etc. in the UK and Portugal for the second interview. It was very short.
It was more than a year after our visits to Germany that we finally got a green card approval. I don't think I had any "interview" at the Tijuana/CA border. It was just like going through a passport control at the airport.
Thanks a lot for your expert help.
One change from your statement. We did not leave the US because our H1B expired. We stayed instead and got a few months extension while waiting for our green card approval in form of letter to arrive. As you mentioned, the card itself arrvied after a few weeks of the letter.
I had the Tijuana/CA border stamp when I first entered the US as a legal permanent resident.
Maybe I did not have to mention the UK and Portugal. It really has nothing to do with my renewing my green card this time. It was to clarify I had two interviews at the US consulate in Germany.
I assume they have all the info they need in my USCIS record. If they need further info., they will either contact me or look them up.
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