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Visa catagory f4. After getting passport with visa an instruction is given for paying immigration fee of 220$. Is it to be paid for every person of the family? I think it should be.It is instructed to be paid before traveling to USA.Can anyone tell me how much time it normally takes to receive the green card after paying fees? Does the process initiate before or after traveling to USA?

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Fee must be paid for everyone who received visa, each should have a distinct A number. It is advised to be paid before travelling but can be paid after entry as the visa in passport is valid for a year after endorsement at POE.  Once paid the uscis.gov website states to allow 120 days for receipt.  However, I paid my IV fee a month before entry and received it about a month later, I paid my husbands two days after entry and he received his in three weeks this is for NY.


 

My Journey

Priority Date: July 24, 2007 (EAC)

AOS fee paid: February 2013

Request embassy change: May 2013

Son born: September 2013 (added to petition March 2014)

Interview: March 17, 2015 (Joint sponsor needed)

Joint sponsor documents submitted: April 27, 2015

Visas approved and issued: April 30, 2015. Had to return to embassy to do oath for son :)

Visa in hand: May 5, 2015 (two working days after issued)

IV fees paid: August 10, 2015

POE: JFK - September 10, 2015 (one day before visa expiry date - No hassle)

Returned to Barbados: September 28, 2015

Green cards: October 5, 2015 :dancing:

Entered US permanently: March 22, 2016

Applied for SSNs: March 28, 2016 (didn't tick box on DS-260)

SSN received: April 4, 2016;

Learner's permit: April 7, 2016 (in NY you also have to do 5-hour class);

Driver's License: July 13, 2016 (on first try) :dancing:

Husband's Journey (F2A)

Married: September 2015

I-130 sent: October 8, 2015 (via USPS)

Priority date: October 9, 2015 (WAC)

Petition approved: March 8, 2016 (5 months to the date of receipt) :)

NVC Welcome Letter: May 13, 2016
AOS documents sent: August 8, 2016
Case complete: September 14, 2016 (the waiting continues
:clock:).

Interview:  October 5, 2017 (Approved - Issued following day :))

Visa in hand:  October 12, 2017

POE:  October 13, 2017

Green card:

SSN:

 

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8 minutes ago, Tracy-->NY said:

Fee must be paid for everyone who received visa, each should have a distinct A number. It is advised to be paid before travelling but can be paid after entry as the visa in passport is valid for a year after endorsement at POE.  Once paid the uscis.gov website states to allow 120 days for receipt.  However, I paid my IV fee a month before entry and received it about a month later, I paid my husbands two days after entry and he received his in three weeks this is for NY.

Thanks for ur kind info.
one more thing.When filling information before paying fees at uscis.gov did you need to put other passport information other than case number and A number? 

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2 hours ago, Debchayan said:

Visa catagory f4. After getting passport with visa an instruction is given for paying immigration fee of 220$. Is it to be paid for every person of the family? I think it should be.It is instructed to be paid before traveling to USA.Can anyone tell me how much time it normally takes to receive the green card after paying fees? Does the process initiate before or after traveling to USA?

The production of the green card is triggered when you enter the US using your immigrant visa, but the card will not be mailed to you until the fee is paid. 

Most people currently reporting green cards arrive about a month after entry (at times in the past it has taken 2-3 months).

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