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Green Card fee $165 question

#1 jace5869

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Posted 28 September 2013 - 03:57 AM

I was really debating whether or not I would pay the $165 GC fee before or after US entry. My wife isn't planning on working right away, or really within the first year (I know you have to pay the fee within a year). I think she is planning on taking some refresher courses or figuring out what she really wants (her sister is like a nosey pest..I think she chose her degree and tries to make all her decisions).

 

Question is... Do you really have to pay this before? i've only read of one person that was asked for a receipt before entering their POE and they were from Mexico. We'll be flying on Delta and POE will be Atlanta.

 

What benefit will she have to get her GC if she is not planning on working soon? 

 

Should I wait to pay her sons (4 year old) til later? I don't see the issue with waiting for his...

 

Yes, money is a little tight right now..We had a quick DCF process and being able to wait til I secure a job back home would hep tremendously.

 

 


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#2 del-2-5-2014

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Posted 28 September 2013 - 05:13 AM

I did not pay for my Wife's fee in Nigeria and there was no question asked about it in Houston during POE.

 

I just now submitted the fee last night after we arrived home.

 

Good luck.

 

PS: Personally, I would pay that fee ASAP, who knows what immigration debacle they can come up with new fees or higher fees, etc. Just my opinion.


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#3 jace5869

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Posted 28 September 2013 - 05:50 AM

I'd really like to pay the fee, but I want to make sure there is enough money to get through travel and to get situated there in the US.

 

I'm trying to find out exactly what purpose she will need her GC right away for besides working. As I understand it, the stamp in her passport will act as a temporary GC.

 

I have no clue why her son would need a GC right away...School doesn't require one...He won't be getting any ID's or accounts of any sorts.

 

I know we have to pay...I'm just thinking delaying it for a little while is okay.


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#4 del-2-5-2014

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Posted 28 September 2013 - 07:37 AM

"Unpaid Fees

USCIS will not issue you a Permanent Resident Card (Green Card) until it receives your Immigrant Fee. USCIS will send you a Request for Evidence (RFE) if you do not pay your fee after 45 days. You will receive a second RFE if you fail to pay the fee within 90 days."

http://www.uscis.gov...00045f3d6a1RCRD

Not sure when the timeline starts. Is it from date that visa was issued or when POE was done.


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#5 smith654

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Posted 29 September 2013 - 05:52 AM

"Unpaid Fees

USCIS will not issue you a Permanent Resident Card (Green Card) until it receives your Immigrant Fee. USCIS will send you a Request for Evidence (RFE) if you do not pay your fee after 45 days. You will receive a second RFE if you fail to pay the fee within 90 days."

http://www.uscis.gov...00045f3d6a1RCRD

Not sure when the timeline starts. Is it from date that visa was issued or when POE was done.

 

I also have that same question...why does a child need a green card. I'f I'm  correct  after 3 years the child becomes a U.S. citizen?  So why do we have to pay the $165 for a child?  My step daughter will be only 5 when her visa is done, and she won't be working at all.  What will happen if I do not  pay her $165?  But only pay  for my wife?


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#6 del-2-5-2014

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Posted 29 September 2013 - 06:05 AM

 

I also have that same question...why does a child need a green card. I'f I'm  correct  after 3 years the child becomes a U.S. citizen?  So why do we have to pay the $165 for a child?  My step daughter will be only 5 when her visa is done, and she won't be working at all.  What will happen if I do not  pay her $165?  But only pay  for my wife?

 

I personally saw two Nigerian kids about 5 and 7 or so with their own green cards while going through POE at Houston. Not sure if they were forced to have one or not.

 

IMHO, I think you Guys are missing the big picture on what the purpose of the card is for. It's to identify an authorized alien. Not only to work, etc but to even be present here in the country

 

Edit:

 

"The green card serves as proof that its holder, a lawful permanent resident (LPR), has been officially granted immigration benefits, which include permission to reside and take employment in the United States. "

 

http://en.wikipedia....(United_States)


Edited by Gowon, 29 September 2013 - 06:09 AM.

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#7 apple21

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Posted 29 September 2013 - 06:25 AM

I agree with Gowon.

 

The green card is very important, for kids and adults alike.  What proof will you show when applying for US citizenship if you don't have a valid proof of LPR status (which is the GC)?

 

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#8 jace5869

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Posted 29 September 2013 - 07:54 AM

You're misunderstanding what I'm asking...I'm not trying to NOT or NEVER pay the GC fee..'m seeing if many people had issues not paying until after their POE. 

 

There is no way we could get the green card before our POE as it would be sent to the US address anyways...so they won't ask for it at POE.

 

For my wife, I just want to delay paying for it until I can secure the funds when we're back in the US. The passport stamp and visa acts as a temporary GC. I would probably wait til a RFE if things were exceptionally tight, before paying for my wife's son GC.

 

I'm really just wondering if people are encountering any issues moving through their POE without having previously paid the fee. I have every intention of paying it before a year for both.


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February 13, 2013   -   Arrive in Manila and finally meet my future wife heart.gif

March 14, 2013   -   Marriage Proposal rose.gif 

April 15, 2013   -   GOT MARRIED!!! heart.gif

August 14, 2013   -   Filed DCF I-130 petition for wife and stepson dancin5hr.gif  

August 16, 2013   -   Send email to USCIS and IVManila for status update..

August 22, 2013   -   Received generic 3 month processing time reply email...

August 28, 2013   -   NOA2 USCIS petition approval

September 09, 2013   -   After calling every day the lady has memorized my cases and physically goes and gets my file from operations to assign case number to it.

September 10, 2013   -   Called back to receive MNL CASE NUMBER dancin5hr.gif

September 10, 2013   -   Completed online DS-260

September 10, 2013   -   Scheduled INTERVIEW (October 29, 2013) and pre-registered St. Lukes Medical Center Extension Clinic

September 16, 2013   -   First day of MEDICAL 

September 18, 2013   -   Second day of MEDICAL (Shots and TST Reading)- PASSED!!! dancin5hr.gif 

September 24, 2013   -   INTERVIEW APPOINTMENT (Rescheduled from Oct. 29, 2013)

September 24, 2013   -   YEHEEEEEEEEY!!!!!!!!!!!! VISA APPROVED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

September 25, 2013   -   VISA STATUS changed to ISSUED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

September 27, 2013   -   VISA arrived at 2GO SM MALL OF ASIA

September 30, 2013   -   VISA ON HAND and CFO STICKER!!!!!!!!!!!!!

October 08, 2013   -   Point of Entry ATLANTA -- Final destination DOTHAN, AL

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#9 smith654

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Posted 29 September 2013 - 06:56 PM

ok thanks...GC now makes sense to me.


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#10 Darnell

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Posted 29 September 2013 - 06:59 PM

you don't have to pay the fee prior to POE event.

 

 


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