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Old Sep 27th 2017, 9:45 am   #1
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Hey guys!

Moving time is 4 weeks away - can't believe it!

Question about the green card application - I haven't completed it yet and ideally want to wait until we get there and I find our apartment so I can have it sent there rather then to a relative we don't see often.

This won't be a issue will it? As far as i'm aware our stamp in our passport is valid for a year as proof until we receive it?

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Old Sep 27th 2017, 1:18 pm   #2
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If you are entering on a CR-1 or IR-1 visa, you become a US PR immediately. The visa is endorsed with an I-551 stamp and serves as your green card for 1 year. The plastic green card will be mailed to an address you give at the POE.

There is no application for green card that you do after arrival.

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Old Sep 27th 2017, 1:25 pm   #3
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Hey Noorah,

I am entering on a IR-1 - I haven't as of yet paid the immigrant fee which I know has to be paid in order for me to get my permanent residents card.
Can I do this once I land and secure my apartment so at least I know where I want it sent to?
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Hey guys!

Moving time is 4 weeks away - can't believe it!

Question about the green card application - I haven't completed it yet and ideally want to wait until we get there and I find our apartment so I can have it sent there rather then to a relative we don't see often.

This won't be a issue will it? .....
The "application" for your green card, as distinct from an application for a CR-1 or IR-1 visa, is triggered by entering the US using your visa. It isn't possible for a green card application to be triggered either before or after you enter the US.
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Old Sep 27th 2017, 1:47 pm   #5
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I think OP is referring to the Green Card production fee. That didn't exist when I immigrated, but I believe you can delay paying it until after you arrive. My wife's uncle has just brought his wife and stepson in on an IR-1 and I think he said that they didn't pay until after arrival.
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Ah, the green card production fee. Yes, that can be paid after entry to the USA. However, I've never seen how it's paid, so I don't know if there's any address field.

Hopefully someone who has done this can let you know.

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