Green card rules

Old Jan 29th 2001, 10:14 am
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Naresh Nayar
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My parents will soon have thier interview for their green card. Can anybody point to the
rules about when do they have to enter US to establish residence? Are there any exceptions
available if they want to defer their entry to US?

Thanks.
 
Old Jan 30th 2001, 6:12 pm
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Ingo
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>My parents will soon have thier interview for their green card.

You mean, for their immigrant visa? They won't get the Green Card until they arrive
in the US.

>Can anybody point to the rules about when do they have to enter US to establish
>residence?

Immigrant visas are good for six months.

>Are there any exceptions available if they want to defer their entry to US?

Depends how long, and based on what the immigrant visa is issued. They may be able to
negotiate with the consulate and simply postpone the interview - then, the six months
won't start ticking until the new interview date.

On the other hand, sometimes, they may find themselves ineligible for an immigrant visa if
too much time has elapsed. It's mostly a problem with people winning the visa lottery (you
must get your immigrant visa before September 30 of the year you won for), but can also
apply in other cases.

Ingo

I am not a lawyer and this is not legal advice. For reliable advice, please consult with a
professional immigration attorney.

For further information, check the following frequently-requested links.

For many questions, you may find answers at http://travel.state.gov/visa_services.html
(Department of State)

or http://ins.usdoj.gov (INS).

For consular policies and visa reciprocity fees, find your consulate in
http://travel.state.gov/links.html

For DOL Faxback status information: http://workforcesecurity.doleta.gov/

For information on affidavit of support for marriage to US citizens (I-864), go to
http://travel.state.gov/i864gen.html and http://travel.state.gov/checklist.html

For information on entering the US as a K-1: http://www.k1poelist.com/

For poverty levels, see http://aspe.os.dhhs.gov/poverty/00poverty.htm

For information on H/L/O/P visa extensions at Dept. of State in St. Louis, MO, see
http://travel.state.gov/revals.html

For non-official information, check:

(When using these sites, and any Web sites, please watch out for privacy, as I do not know
all site operators.)

http://www.visalaw.com http://www.shusterman.com http://www.immigration.com
http://members.aol.com/MDUdall http://www.murthy.com/ http://www.getusavisa.com
http://greencard-lottery.virtualave.net/ http://www.jcvisa.com (H-1B)
http://www.h1bresources.com (marriage and fiancee) http://www.kamya.com/misc/ (marriage
and fiancee) http://www2.apex.net/users/thehydes http://www.formshome.com
http://www.workpermit.com

This is not an endorsement of any of these Web sites. I am not affiliated with any of the
Web site owners and do not receive nor accept payment in return for listing them, and
typically don't even know them.

(if believe you have a good immigration-related Web site and want your Web site listed
here, please e-mail me).
 

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