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I am a Venezuelan citizen and an American legal resident (green card holder). I am currently in Vancouver, Canada and my passport expires on the 23rd of November 2016. Can I travel back to the US on the 13th of November? Currently, I plan to go back on the 5th of November.

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You can enter the US solely on your Permanent Resident card. Only it needs to be valid and not expired. It doesn't matter when your passport expires.

From the CBP:

U.S. LPRs do not need a passport to enter the United States as per (8 CFR 211.1(a)), however, they may need a passport to enter another country.

When you return to the US, you should contact a Venezuela embassy or consulate to renew your passport, as you will probably need it to travel elsewhere in the world.

  • Thanks! I have already started the pertaining steps, first for an appointment which the Government of Venezuela requires for its citizens to do when one is renovation a passport, appointment that I am still waiting for since July in order for me to attend the Venezuelan Consulate to begin the application for a new passport. Due to the grave situation in Venezuela everything takes a LOT of time to do specially with anything tied to Government, because all passport issues are done in Venezuela. So yes, the renewal situation is on its way. Thanks again for the info! – Guest Oct 18 '16 at 1:17
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    @Guest You could be waiting a long while for that passport, then. You may also consider obtaining a US Re-Entry Permit, which you can use instead of a passport to obtain visas and travel, until you are able to obtain US citizenship. – Michael Hampton Oct 18 '16 at 3:35
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The upcoming expiration of your Venezuelan passport will not affect your re-entry into the US, whether you return on the 5th or on the 23rd of November.

Lawful Permanent Residents of the U.S. must present a valid, unexpired Permanent Resident Card (Green Card, Form I-551). While not required, it's a good idea to carry your identity document (passport, foreign national ID card, or US driver's license). You'll want to renew your passport for future travel, as the green card may not give you admission to other countries, as you know.

While they may not apply to you, if you've taken a brief trip to Canada, there are other conditions which can affect an LPR: a reentry permit can be required if one is out of the country for more than a year or, if gone for 2 or more years, a returning resident visa would be needed.

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    LPRs do not need any identity documents in addition to their green cards. Also, Canada does accept the green card for entry, so it's not universally true that it doesn't allow admission to other countries. – phoog Oct 18 '16 at 0:29
  • That's what I thought, but USCIS is now saying: When arriving at a port of entry, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officer will review your permanent resident card and any other identity documents you present, such as a passport, foreign national I.D. card or U.S. Driver’s License, and determine if you can enter the United States. – Giorgio Oct 18 '16 at 0:34
  • Yes, they've been saying that for a while now. Any here means that the additional ID is optional. If you have it, you should presumably "present" it, but it's not necessary to have it – phoog Oct 18 '16 at 0:47
  • I have already started the pertaining steps, first for an appointment which the Government of Venezuela requires for its citizens to do when one is renovation a passport, appointment that I am still waiting for since July in order for me to attend the Venezuelan Consulate to begin the application for a new passport. Due to the grave situation in Venezuela everything takes a LOT of time to do specially with anything tied to Government, because all passport issues are done in Venezuela. So yes, the renewal situation is on its way. Thanks again for the info – Guest Oct 18 '16 at 1:19
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    USCIS are not the department that staffs the border, and so that's not authoritative. (They deal with people who are already here.) CBP is who run the border, and their statement can be found in my answer. – Michael Hampton Oct 18 '16 at 2:45

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