Can a AS7 green card holder renew her national passport and travel abroad?

Asked 3 months ago - New York, NY

I hold a GC based on asylum status which was given to me through my husband. I was a dependent in the case and do not fear of being prosecuted in the COP. I want to travel abroad (not COP) but I want to use my national passport because its easier in terms of visas. Can I renew it at the consulate and then travel without any consequences?

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  1. Alexander Joseph Segal

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    Answered . Your post raises several issues. Some of those where addressed by my colleagues in previous posts. Other issue would be whether you risk to loose your passport if you "avail" yourself of the protections of the country from which you got a refugee status. Even a derivative refugee status. Well. You do run this risk. Whether to take the risk is up to you, but it is out there.

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  2. Giacomo Jacques Behar

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    Answered . Yes, you definitely can since you are only the derivative asylee and not the principal applicant. I would also urge you, however, to apply for a Refugee Travel Document.

    Kindly be advised that the answer above is only general in nature cannot be construed as legal advice, given that... more
  3. Emily Reber-Mariniello

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    Answered . Yes, you can renew at the consulate in NY. If you have had your GC for 5 years, I suggest you look into Naturalizing so you don't have to worry about maintaining your US legal permanent residency.

    Best of luck.

    This is not legal advice and is only general information. I am not your attorney. No attorney-client relationship... more
  4. Ashkan Yekrangi

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    Answered . Yes, you can. Also, in some instances, the actual asylee can return to their country of origin. Consult an attorney, however.

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