When did you file the I-751? You should have the receipt for the I-751, which indicates that your status as permanent resident is extended for one year from the date of the receipt. BEFORE you travel, you should consult with an experienced immigration attorney (if you have not already hired one) and go over your case to determine the issues and risks involved in traveling outside the United States at this time.
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It is far easier to fight a case IN the US.
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Would have been much easier (and effective) to appeal from within the US.
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Because your I-751 has been pending for over a year, the one-year green card status extension given in your receipt notice also expired. You need to make an InfoPass appointment to get an additional extension (due to the fact the I-751 is still pending); they will stamp your passport with a temporary I-551 (evidence of green card status). If the I-751 is denied, the green card status is immediately terminated and you are placed in removal (deportation) proceedings. If you are abroad when it is denied, you will be placed in secondary inspection and given a court date (removal proceedings in immigration court). You may be able to re-litigate the I-751 in immigration court, depending on the reason for the denial. Please do not attempt to do this without a competent immigration lawyer. I cannot stress this enough. If I were in your shoes, unless I had a very important reason for wanting or needing to travel, I would forgo traveling abroad and save the money I would have spent on that trip and invest in competent legal counsel. You do not want to end up being ordered removed. Best of luck to you.
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