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Delays in Getting Green Card After Entering with an Immigrant Visa

Lately, our clients have been reporting a significant delay in receiving their green cards from USCIS after entering the U.S. with their immigrant visas, despite having paid the $165 USCIS Immigrant Visa Fee prior to entering the U.S.

In a recent report, USCIS did confirm that they are taking up to 120 days (4 months) to issue green cards for these new permanent residents.

So if you have not received your green card despite having paid the fee, and its been less than 120 days, it may be best to wait until you reach the 120 day mark before placing inquiries with USCIS.  In the interim, you can use your stamped immigrant visa as proof of your permanent resident status for travel and employment purposes.  You became a permanent resident when you entered the U.S. with your immigrant visa so you do not need to wait for the green card itself to arrive before enjoying the privileges of being a permanent resident.


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