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After Visa on Hand, what to do?

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My wife is USC and I have received my passport with IR1 category visa after 1 year & 4 months of waiting.

My permenant address that was filled in the application is Alaska but I've decided to go to Washington DC.

1) I just want to know what is the process after POE. Shall I go somewhere to apply for GC and SSN? or they will be emailed to Alaska address?

2) When will I be able to start working?

3) What does "UPON ENDORSEMENT SERVES AS TEMPORARY I-551 EVIDENCING PERMANENT RESIDENCE FOR 1 YEAR" mean? and what shall I do for it after 1 year?

4) Any helpful advice?

Thanks :)

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1. These will be sent to the address on file, so make sure you update it if you are now moving to DC. If you want your SSN quick, wait about ten days after you travel to the USA,, then go to your local Social Security office and they can tell you.

2. Theoretically, right away, the day you enter. Practically, most employers will want to see your SSN.

3. The stamp in your passport is your temporary greencard, until your physical card arrives, which usually takes around 4-6 weeks, but can take up to three months.

U should go to Alaska cos car officers will stop u on airport for further more question if u holding a slead package from embassy.if u will go Washington it might can b problem for u at airport.

That is completely untrue; the immigration visa does NOT tie you to entering/ travelling to any specific place. All you need to do is change your address at POE so the paperwork gets sent to the correct address.


Bye: Penguin

Me: Irish/ Swiss citizen, and now naturalised US citizen. Husband: USC; twin babies born Feb 08 in Ireland and a daughter in Feb 2010 in Arkansas who are all joint Irish/ USC. Did DCF (IR1) in 6 weeks via the Dublin, Ireland embassy and now living in Arkansas.

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1. These will be sent to the address on file, so make sure you update it if you are now moving to DC. If you want your SSN quick, wait about ten days after you travel to the USA,, then go to your local Social Security office and they can tell you.

2. Theoretically, right away, the day you enter. Practically, most employers will want to see your SSN.

3. The stamp in your passport is your temporary greencard, until your physical card arrives, which usually takes around 4-6 weeks, but can take up to three months.

That is completely untrue; the immigration visa does NOT tie you to entering/ travelling to any specific place. All you need to do is change your address at POE so the paperwork gets sent to the correct address.

Thanks for your help :)

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