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How much time before leaving is recommended to pay the USCIS Immigrant Fee?

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Hi everyone,

I am leaving on August 8th. I'd like to know if my husband can pay the USCIS Immigrant Fee a day before I travel or if it is recommended to do it with more time?

In here http://www.uscis.gov/uscis-elis/e-filing-using-uscis-elis/paying-uscis-immigrant-fee-uscis-elis/uscis-immigrant-fee says:

"Once you receive your immigrant visa packet from a U.S. embassy or consulate, we strongly encourage you to pay the fee before you depart for the United States."

I want to know if anyone had paid a day before without that representing a problem later.

Thanks in advance for any info.

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Hi everyone,

I am leaving on August 8th. I'd like to know if my husband can pay the USCIS Immigrant Fee a day before I travel or if it is recommended to do it with more time?

In here http://www.uscis.gov/uscis-elis/e-filing-using-uscis-elis/paying-uscis-immigrant-fee-uscis-elis/uscis-immigrant-fee says:

"Once you receive your immigrant visa packet from a U.S. embassy or consulate, we strongly encourage you to pay the fee before you depart for the United States."

I want to know if anyone had paid a day before without that representing a problem later.

Thanks in advance for any info.

It doesn't really matter. It's when you land in the US that activates the whole thing anyway. Most the people I know have paid when spouse is here and have got their green card much faster then those who paid before.

And when you pay doesn't create any problem. They could care less when you arrive its your choice.You have a year to pay the fee. So it doesn't matter


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