Awaiting Green Card

Old Jun 30th 2020, 7:23 pm
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Hello,

I arrived in the US just over 5 weeks ago via DFW airport on an IR-1 visa. I ticked the box on my DS260 to have my SSN and Green Card sent to my address and I also paid the Green Card production fee prior to my arrival at the POE in the US.

I expected to wait a while for my SSN to reach me due to the current economic climate, but after the initial 3 weeks had passed I decided to contact my local Social Security office. On giving them my information, they advised that there wasn't a case in their system under my name. I explained my situation and that I have a job and need a SSN for my paycheck, and they arranged an appointment at my local office - despite the offices being closed due to COVID-19. I attended the appointment with my passport, I-551 stamp and my completed SS-5 form. (Application for a SSN). My SSN should be with me in the next two weeks. Great, glad I checked.

This has now got me thinking about my Green Card. Is there anywhere I can check the status of my card or when I should expect to receive it? Is anyone else in the same position at the moment?

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Old Jun 30th 2020, 9:11 pm
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I am not aware of a place to track your plastic green card, but you have a whole year until you need to be concerned. The I-551 stamp in your passport is legal proof of your PR status for 1 year after entry.

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Old Jul 1st 2020, 11:55 am
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Nope, no where to check on it. Personally I think you are far too soon for the current climate, I wouldn't even worry about it until it's been 90 days. It's not like you need it right now, your stamp is good for a year.

I personally wouldn't have gone to the SSA yet either, as this can cause more problems if they end up having to manually verify you, but too late for that.
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Thanks for the information.

I didn't really have a choice with my SSN. As we all know, its very difficult to do certain things in the US without one. I explained my situation to the person on the phone and they advised me to come to the office, especially as there was no record in their system whatsoever of my existence, so lets hope they can track back our conversations should it cause more issues.

I understand the validity on the stamp; I was just curious so I could put my mind at ease if there was a quickfire way of checking progress online somewhere. I also do not really like carrying around my passport on me, which I have needed to do at certain times as this is my only form of legal proof of my status.

I guess I will sit tight for a few months and hope it turns up in the mail.

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.... I also do not really like carrying around my passport on me, which I have needed to do at certain times as this is my only form of legal proof of my status. ....
I understand your concern, but unless you live close to the Mexican border, the prospects of you being unexpectedly challenged to "prove your status" is as close to zero as makes no difference. ..... I have certainly never been challenged or questioned other than on specific and predictable occasions, such as when updating my SS card, applying for a mortgage, obtaining a DL, etc. Even when I have been stopped at a random, daytime (non-DUI) police or sheriff's pop-up check points, and the officer has asked, lightheartedly, about my accent, there has never been any question about my status or right to live in the US.

So far as getting your physical green card goes, you may be in for a considerable wait, as I hear that green cards for new immigrants were already taking 90-180 days, in 2019, so long before the coronavirus pandemic hit.

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