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I am currently waiting for my green card in the USA. I was wondering if I could travel to Puerto Rico since it is a territory. Under my green card application I'm not allowed to leave the USA, if I do it is seen as abandoning my application. However if the flight is domestic I assume there would be no problem as there is no immigration.

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If you have a state ID, just use that one. I flew to Puerto Rico few years ago as F-1 student. – mlt Aug 11 '14 at 18:38
@mlt What state ID did you use? – Vagish Aug 11 '14 at 18:45
You can fly domestic airlines with ID of any state. I had MN driver's license that time. – mlt Aug 12 '14 at 20:00
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Flights to Puerto Rico are considered domestic flights, and US Citizens do not need a passport to travel between the US and any US territories. However, foreign citizens do need a passport to travel between the two, (see so I can't say for certain how a trip like that will affect your Green Card eligibility. Your best bet is to check with an immigration official.

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What ID do US citizens take? Would an Ohio driving licence suffice? – Vagish Aug 11 '14 at 12:49
@Vagish: That should be asked as a separate question. – Flimzy Aug 11 '14 at 17:52
"However, foreign citizens do need a passport to travel between the two" Do you have a citation for this? – user102008 Aug 11 '14 at 19:09
@user102008 I've added a link to a citation. (It will appear when the edit is approved.) – Alan Munn Aug 11 '14 at 21:56
@Vagish You should take your passport with valid U.S. visa, and any additional paperwork. While Puerto Rico is a domestic flight, CBP does briefly talk to passengers on flights departing Puerto Rico, asking citizenship. This works similarly to the CBP checkpoints seen on U.S. highways in some states, though obviously without the highway or vehicles. – Michael Hampton Aug 11 '14 at 23:40

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