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My recent AP experience at Abu Dhabi

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Posted by Jul2K9 (350) 13 Feb 2018#1
I traveled back to the US via Abu Dhabi last week on AP.

1) At the primary inspection, my passport, boarding pass and AP were collected and I was sent to the secondary inspection. Waited at the secondary for 45 mins. After that an officer called my name, took my filled in US-CBP form and gave me back my passport, AP and boarding pass. No interview. No questions.

I came outside the room and made sure there was an entry stamp in my passport. All set.

2) I received my current AP in March last year. It was a paper AP. I got 2 copies from USCIS. I already traveled once and there was a parolee stamp on the AP. Bottom right square.
This time, instead of giving them the 2nd copy (blank one), I gave them the copy that already had the stamp. Intentionally.
They didnt question. So I now have 2 valid AP copies. One with the parolee stamp and another one is blank even though I already traveled on AP twice this year :).
So if I have an emergency and I need to travel again before March this year, I can use the AP copy with the blank square.

I know that AP we receive allows multiple entry but since they only give 2 paper copies and they stamp it every time, I wasnt sure how it ll work if I have to travel more than twice in a year. But my latest experience answered my question.

(Just FYI, this is my 7th travel on AP in the last 5 years. This is the first time I was let go without any interview)
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Posted by ipman3 (41) 13 Feb 2018#2
to Jul2K9:

I also traveled last week from Abu Dhabi and it seems they have changed some of the process. Just before you enter the queue, there were 2 officers posted there who checks your papers and asks you questions about the travel. These were actual CBP officers and not airport contractors. There was a girl who was travelling in front of me with her mother. They asked her the visa status and her mother's. When she told her mother was on B2, they wanted to see her return ticket. After some digging she couldn't find the ticket and told the officer it was in her email. They told her to show them. For some reason she had problem with her wifi and finally she showed the digital return tickets and then only she was allowed to go through.
So folks, if any of your parents are traveling via Abu Dhabi, let them keep a hard copy of the return ticket with them to remove the unnecessary hassle.
Also when we reach the main CBP officer on the counter, he did not have many questions as the other guys had already grilled us. Just took the photo and stamped the passport. So it seems like a 2 step process now at Abu Dhabi.
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Posted by Jul2K9 (350) 13 Feb 2018#3
to ipman3:

Did you travel on visa or AP?
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Posted by eb2ca (24) 13 Feb 2018#4
to Jul2K9:

They can stamp multiple times on paper AP. I remember one of my AP paper had 8 stamps. I traveled too often that year.
Generally, they do not ask any question except sometimes purpose of travel and if are you still working with same company etc.
I travel for work and in last 6 years traveled 30+ times on AP without any issues, for CBP officer it's a standard process. For airports delays- SFO and JFK are worst in AP queue vs EWR and IAD- they are fast.
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Posted by Jul2K9 (350) 14 Feb 2018#5
to eb2ca:

They didnt stamp on my paper AP this time. Should I be concerned?
(There is an entry stamp on the passport though)
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Posted by koutamsuresh (11) 14 Feb 2018#6
to Jul2K9:

i came through Abu Dhabi twice on my AP (Card). I was never interviewed...even though i had to wait for 20 min for the secondary processing. They gave me the card after 20 min and said you are good to go. I checked my passport and there was a stamp with the paroled date.
I don't think there is any limitation on how many times you can travel on AP.
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Posted by NxtInng (57) 15 Feb 2018#7
to koutamsuresh:

Do we have to go through another room and wait time at US airport POE as well in additional to Abu Dhabi processing of AP?
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Posted by Jul2K9 (350) 15 Feb 2018#8
to NxtInng:

No
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Posted by koutamsuresh (11) 15 Feb 2018#9
to NxtInng:

No, you dont have to wait at the US airport POE because when you land in US you will land at a terminal that will take you directly into the main area without any immigration. Think of the times you did a domestic travel in US...exactly like that.
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Posted by GajarGC (147) 15 Feb 2018#10
lets go back to our homeland there's nothing in this shithole USA
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Posted by NxtInng (57) 17 Feb 2018#11
to koutamsuresh:

Thanks! One more question....Do I need to carry anything apart from EAD/AP card? I have the duplicate copy of my I-485, I-765 & I-131 receipts but I lost my original copies. DO you think that could be an issue?
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Posted by relax13 (22) 18 Feb 2018#12
to NxtInng:

Better to have all the documets, but i eneterd 10 times on ap/ead and they never ask me any other document.
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Posted by a1be (135) 21 Feb 2018#13
to ipman3:

Having proof of return travel is standard operating procedure at all entry points for all non-immigrant statuses.

You also need to be able to prove where you're going (for example if you say you're booked to stay at a hotel, you need to show the reservation), and you need to be able to show you can support yourself for the duration of your trip.

Again, this is all entry points, all statuses. Standard. Of course, they only ask when they want to make your life difficult or watch you squirm to see how you react. Standard.
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Posted by ipman3 (41) 21 Feb 2018#14
to a1be:

It may be standard. But many people don't know about it. That was what I was trying to convey.
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Posted by EB3IDec2006 (180) 13 hours 46 minutes ago#15
Has anybody on this thread used AP at JFK? Is it a smooth process or not? I have used it few times but only in Boston and it is very simple. Little nervous about JFK.
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