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Hi, 

 

Does anyone know when it's best to pay the visa immigrant fees? How do you get your A-Number and Dos Case ID? Is that after you get your immigrant Visa stamp in your passport? (See attached photo). I just had my immigrant visa interview and got approved!! 

 

Thanks!

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1 minute ago, LYX888 said:

Hi, 

 

Does anyone know when it's best to pay the visa immigrant fees? How do you get your A-Number and Dos Case ID? Is that after you get your immigrant Visa stamp in your passport? (See attached photo). I just had my immigrant visa interview and got approved!! 

 

Thanks!

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you A number will be issued with your actually visa, you will be able to get it from there.

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In my opinion, it is best to pay fee after receiving the visa and before entering the US.   However, the fee can be paid either before or after entering the US.  Please be aware that the actual Green Card will not be produced and sent to the new immigrant until the fee is paid.

 

EDIT:  The "A" number will be on the visa itself....it is also known as "Registration number"

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When my husband "crossed" back into the US after receiving his Visa approval, at the border checkpoint,  he was asked if he had paid the visa fee (he had). The border agent (I don't know the actual title of this person), somewhat lectured the immigrant group of needing to pay the fee, though he (agent), never asked to see proof if my husband had paid the fee or not. I would advise to pay the fee before crossing the border, and also taking a screen shot of the confirmation page as proof. One last thing, I paid my husband's visa fee via my smartphone and the page where we paid was not compatible with Google Chrome. I had to download and install FireFox on my phone in order to actually pay the fee via the website.

 

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Paying the fee before entering the US is not a requirement but it is the best practice, in my opinion.  Both the US entry AND the fee payment are required to begin producing the green card.  Paying the fee AFTER entry simply delays the green card.  It's stressful enough waiting a few weeks for it, without adding to the delay.  Your choice, of course.


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