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Hi there,

We have a situation like this. Normally most applicants try to speed up the process of entering U.S. On our end I, the petitioner, and my wife, the applicant are trying to delay our moving process since we will start working around May.

My wife received her IR-1 visa last month which expires mid December. We are planning on going to U.S for a week in November, come back to Turkey and work until April and then move to U.S for good. Can you please tell me if this would be ok?

Also we have a package that needs to be given to the officer at the port of entry. Also, it does state that "Upon endorsement the visa serves as a temporary I-551 evidencing permanent residence for a year." But is it better that we wait until the card comes? (As I read in forums in some cases it might be months...)

Thank you for your time

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That's fine. Just make sure there's someone at the address you're giving for the GC, so you know that it's arrived and they can keep it safe until your return. The small-print on the visa about being a temporary I-551 is exactly what you think it is, and because it can take a while for the physical card to arrive many people use it to come and go from the US or to prove they can legally work.

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