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Receiving green cards after first entry into U.S.

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We arrived in the U.S. around 3.5 weeks ago and so far have not received our green cards. How long did it take you to receive yours?

I just checked the USCIS online site but our case still shows "optimized" (this was the status before we even arrived here) and payment status still shows "submitted." Is this how it is supposed to look? It does say August 17th as the latest status date, suggesting some update has happened, but as far as the info on the screen goes there has been no update since when we were still in Hong Kong.

A couple of things that concern me are:

a) I made the immigrant fee payment using a Citibank Hong Kong-based credit card. The payment did go through so I didn't think anything of it but I've heard some people say it must be done using a U.S.-based credit card. Is this true?

b) The green cards are supposed to be mailed to a friend of mine, and when I was filling out the ds-260 I entered the address in "C/O my friend's name" format to make sure it would not be returned. Do you think there might be an issue with this?


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Everything sounds fine to me. A person on another forum has just reported his card being mailed to him, 6 weeks after entry. Up to 2 months wait is quite normal, after that you can start making queries. 4 weeks is usually absolute minimum.

Edited by SusieQQQ

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I think it was about 6 weeks before my wife receive her green card.She did get her SSN quick

Service Center : Nebraska Service Center
Consulate : Manila, Philippines
Marriage (if applicable): 2014-05-20
I-130 Sent : 2014-10-06
I-130 NOA1 : 2014-10-09
I-130 RFE for NSO copy of marriage certificate: 2014-11-03
I-130 RFE Sent : 2014-11-18
I-130 Approved : 2014-12-07
NVC Received : 2014-12-23
NVC case number: 2015-02-04
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2015-02-04
Pay AOS Bill : 2015-02-05
Submit DS-261 : 2015-02-05
Sent AOS Package : 2015-02-09
Sent IV Package : 2015-02-09
Scan date : 2015-02-10
Receive IV Bill : 2015-03-03
Pay IV Bill : 2015-03-06
Submit DS-260: 2015-3-12
Case Completed at NVC : 2015-03-20
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter: 2015-3-27
Medical complete: 2015-04-08
Interview Date : 2015-05-08
Interview Result : Approved
Visa Received : 2015-05-13

Date of US Entry : 2015-06-09

Date of Social Security card receive : 06-2015

Date of Green Card received 07-2015

Date of ROC FILE 05-19-2017

 I-751 NOA Date 05-26-2017



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