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Hello everyone,

Just thought I would run this past some of you and get your thoughts and opinions. My spouse arrived almost 7 weeks ago. He changed his address at the POE (JFK) to our new home address. He was told at the POE that he would receive a welcome letter and the green card after 3-4 weeks. A couple days after my husband's arrival we went online and filled out the AR-11. I too filled out the I-865, although I mailed it in. A couple of weeks later I received a form that looked like the NOA1 acknowledging the change of address for myself, but nothing for my husband.

We called the USCIS last week and we were told that we needed to fill out the AR-11 AGAIN, but mail it in. The officer on the phone said we would get some sort of confirmation number? Is this right? Anyhow, after we received it to call back to find out about the greencard.

Well we called back (the next day) after filling out another AR-11 online (getting a confirmation number) and mailing it as well to the address provided. After speaking to a different officer, he said nothing about needing a confirmation number. He said not to worry and that my husband should get the green card within a couple of weeks.

So now it's been almost 7 weeks, with no welcome letter or greencard. My husband is anxious to start working. So, obviously we want the greencard ASAP. Anyone have any idea's what we should do? Also can my hubby work with just the CR-1 Visa in his passport (it says "upon endorsement serves as temporary I-551 evidencing permanent residence for 1 year") until we get the greencard?

Any help in this matter is truly appreciated. Thanks and best of luck to all!

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whilst yer waiting for that green card to arrive -

remember - to 'start working' - he needs to fulfill the requirements for on the I-9.

At this stage, for yer spouse, that means a green card and SSN.

USUALLY, at the POE, a stamp is made in the passport by CBP personnel, that

validates the VISA as a 1 year I-551 (green card). So, if you have that stamp, that's half of it.

The other half is SSN. If he doesn't have a SSN, go to SSA office today, bring passport and any birth certificate, and apply.

You might need to talk with a supervisor about it, if there appears to be any delay or validation needed - ask the supervisor to look up yer spouse, by visa name, in the SAVE database.

re - change of address - yikes. sorry. these things are problematic - did you verify that the green card was returned as undeliverable, or no? If they did not receive it back, is slight possibility that the gc arrived at the old address - check with the new tenant / old landlord, inquire about it.

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Hello everyone,

Just thought I would run this past some of you and get your thoughts and opinions. My spouse arrived almost 7 weeks ago. He changed his address at the POE (JFK) to our new home address. He was told at the POE that he would receive a welcome letter and the green card after 3-4 weeks. A couple days after my husband's arrival we went online and filled out the AR-11. I too filled out the I-865, although I mailed it in. A couple of weeks later I received a form that looked like the NOA1 acknowledging the change of address for myself, but nothing for my husband.

We called the USCIS last week and we were told that we needed to fill out the AR-11 AGAIN, but mail it in. The officer on the phone said we would get some sort of confirmation number? Is this right? Anyhow, after we received it to call back to find out about the greencard.

Well we called back (the next day) after filling out another AR-11 online (getting a confirmation number) and mailing it as well to the address provided. After speaking to a different officer, he said nothing about needing a confirmation number. He said not to worry and that my husband should get the green card within a couple of weeks.

So now it's been almost 7 weeks, with no welcome letter or greencard. My husband is anxious to start working. So, obviously we want the greencard ASAP. Anyone have any idea's what we should do? Also can my hubby work with just the CR-1 Visa in his passport (it says "upon endorsement serves as temporary I-551 evidencing permanent residence for 1 year") until we get the greencard?

Any help in this matter is truly appreciated. Thanks and best of luck to all!

If you printed the AR-11 after completing it online it gives you a confirmation number on the screen.

Your husband can work - he has a temp green card in his passport - exactly what his CR1 visa says. He's good to go, he just needs his SSN as well.


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Thank so much for the quick responses.

Thankfully my husband received his SSN already. As for the I-551 stamp, I am not about an actual stamp. What does it look like? There is a stamp of "arrival" and under it says CR-1 and the A number in his passport. There is a line on the actual visa itself that says "upon endorsement serves as temporary I-551 evidencing permanent residence for 1 year" <---Is that considered the I-551 stamp? What does upon endorsement mean? Can we use this until the greencard arrives? He also has his drivers licenses, so we just need the greencard and we are good to go.

As for the change of address, unfortunately the GC didn't go to the previous address, which is our family home and obviously they would have let us know ASAP if they had received it. Is there a way to track if they even sent the GC? Who do we talk to about this? It's just a pain...but what can we do?

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yes, that's tthe stamp! That validation and date change that visa into a GC until the real one arrives -- it's good for up to a year So, if he has that and his SSN, he can work.

Also, it too, me about 7 weeks to get my GC in the mail as well. I got a welcome letter after being here for about a month. Call the number that's on your welcome letter and see what they haev to say. They are slow at best.

Good luck.

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Thank so much for the quick responses.

Thankfully my husband received his SSN already. As for the I-551 stamp, I am not about an actual stamp. What does it look like? There is a stamp of "arrival" and under it says CR-1 and the A number in his passport. There is a line on the actual visa itself that says "upon endorsement serves as temporary I-551 evidencing permanent residence for 1 year" <---Is that considered the I-551 stamp? What does upon endorsement mean? Can we use this until the greencard arrives? He also has his drivers licenses, so we just need the greencard and we are good to go.

As for the change of address, unfortunately the GC didn't go to the previous address, which is our family home and obviously they would have let us know ASAP if they had received it. Is there a way to track if they even sent the GC? Who do we talk to about this? It's just a pain...but what can we do?

yes, that's the stamp! That validation and date change that visa into a GC until the real one arrives -- it's good for up to a year So, if he has that and his SSN, he can work.

Also, it too, me about 7 weeks to get my GC in the mail as well. I got a welcome letter after being here for about a month. Call the number that's on your welcome letter and see what they haev to say. They are slow at best.

Good luck.

LGG

Thank so much for the quick responses.

Thankfully my husband received his SSN already. As for the I-551 stamp, I am not about an actual stamp. What does it look like? There is a stamp of "arrival" and under it says CR-1 and the A number in his passport. There is a line on the actual visa itself that says "upon endorsement serves as temporary I-551 evidencing permanent residence for 1 year" <---Is that considered the I-551 stamp? What does upon endorsement mean? Can we use this until the greencard arrives? He also has his drivers licenses, so we just need the greencard and we are good to go.

As for the change of address, unfortunately the GC didn't go to the previous address, which is our family home and obviously they would have let us know ASAP if they had received it. Is there a way to track if they even sent the GC? Who do we talk to about this? It's just a pain...but what can we do?


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Thank so much for the quick responses.

Thankfully my husband received his SSN already. As for the I-551 stamp, I am not about an actual stamp. What does it look like? There is a stamp of "arrival" and under it says CR-1 and the A number in his passport. There is a line on the actual visa itself that says "upon endorsement serves as temporary I-551 evidencing permanent residence for 1 year" <---Is that considered the I-551 stamp? What does upon endorsement mean? Can we use this until the greencard arrives? He also has his drivers licenses, so we just need the greencard and we are good to go.

As for the change of address, unfortunately the GC didn't go to the previous address, which is our family home and obviously they would have let us know ASAP if they had received it. Is there a way to track if they even sent the GC? Who do we talk to about this? It's just a pain...but what can we do?

You got the right stamp - so you have the temp green card.

The welcome letter should have a case number on it - try to run it on uscis.gov under check case status - it should give updates. Otherwise, call the mis-information line and see what they say.


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