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.
December 12, 2012 - Met wife on OkCupid
December 14, 2012 - Became a couple
February 13, 2013 - Arrive in Manila and finally meet my future wife
March 14, 2013 - Marriage Proposal
April 15, 2013 - GOT MARRIED!!!
August 14, 2013 - Filed DCF I-130 petition for wife and stepson
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
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!!!
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