Yes, sir that is correct. I obtained my green card as an asylee so I use a refugee travel document to travel outside of the united states.
If you have an actual plastic greencard, that is the document you should have used to travel with.
Yes, i use my green card to enter the united states and I use my rtd to enter canada. They didnt just ask for my gc at the border. They asked for my passport but since I dont have one I gave them my rtd.
Just FYI and forgive me if you know this already (most private practitioners do not), but the greencard gets him back in the USA, the RTD gets him into Canada (asylees and refugees should not use passports from their home countries or they risk availment and potential problems with their status). Asylees/refugees have the option of applying for a reentry permit (based on residency and is good for two years) or a RTD. When money is an issue, they tend to go with the RTD because it is cheaper.
I should also mention that as a derivative asylee, the availment rules are unlikely to apply to him so he could probably safely use a passport from his home country.
Yes, I know that some people use the RTD ... when they really 'should' use the Re-Entry Permit.
I agree with Ms. Roberts ... obtaining a passport shouldn't be a bar. But, when a person with LPR status is not 'really' living in the US it can be a real big problem.
Thanks for the clarification. I did not apply for a Reentry Permit since I do not have plans of staying out of the country too long. As a permanent resident based on derivative asylum, I have never used my passoport in my travels since ive read a lot of scary stories in immigration forums like being interrogated at the border like criminals. Neverthrless I have no plans of setting a foot on my family's country of persecution.
I trust that you will be eligible for naturalization soon and this issue will be a thing of the past. Keep in mind the requirements regarding loss of residence, in addition to the physical presence and residence requirements for naturalization.