I just got approved for permanent residence, and the employment card just arrived, I'm still waiting for the residence card, but I already have the approved permanent residence letter. My spouse and I want to travel within the US, not going out of the country.
To avoid any unnecessary complications, I would not travel near the border until you receive your actual green card. If you must travel, take your EAD and a copy of the I-797 Notice of Action approving your green card. I live in Texas and I ALWAYS encounter at least one checkpoint.
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My colleague makes a good point ... it is best to stay 100 miles, or more, away from the border until you get the 'real card.
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