My Green Card expired in April, however in February I applied for renewal, and it was extended through November. I am travelling overseas and returning on November 28th. Since I have not yet received the new Green Card, could I have problems entering the US with a Green Card that is about to expire two days later?

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    As far as I can tell, a green card is either unexpired, and valid for entry, or expired. There is no almost-expired. The danger is that you will hit some problem, such as being too ill to travel or a major airline glitch, that delays your return. Can you have a friend or relative receive your mail while you are traveling, pull the replacement green card, and send it to you? Oct 25, 2017 at 2:59
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    @PatriciaShanahan Thank you, I was asking because for passports this isn't true, and sometimes expiring passports are an issue.
    – user
    Oct 25, 2017 at 3:01
  • @PatriciaShanahan there's a provision for a waiver if the returning resident can show that the reason for not having a valid green card was beyond her control. Of course, it would be better not to have to rely on that, but if there are major delays, the possibility would exist.
    – phoog
    Oct 25, 2017 at 3:33
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    @phoog Yes, especially in this case of a green card that was extended because of the incredible slowness of green card renewals. Last time I renewed mine, the new card arrived a few weeks before the end of the extension. Oct 25, 2017 at 4:10
  • Apparently it has gotten worse. From egov.uscis.gov/cris/ptAllFormsAverage.do waiting days for 2017 are 309 vs. 183 in 2016: Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card 10-year renewal 309 183 163 168
    – user
    Oct 25, 2017 at 11:28

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I just realised this question had no answer. Since I returned with no problem, I am going to post as an answer my own experience.

Yes, returning caused no problem, my green card was still valid (albeit for just a couple more days) and I came in with no issue. A month later I finally received the replacement.

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    Did you raise the question of the impending expiration with the immigration officer, and, if so, how did the officer react?
    – phoog
    Apr 11, 2018 at 13:52
  • @phoog The immigration officer did not ask any question, and I did not raise the issue. Everything went as usual.
    – user
    Apr 11, 2018 at 15:19

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